From the Margin. Writings in Italian Americana. Anthony J. Tamburri, Paolo Giordano, Fred Gardaphè, eds.

Purdue University Press, 2000.

This anthology is designed to appeal to both popular and scholarly audiences. Slightly more than half the selections are creative works, the rest being essays on specific Italian/American masterpieces and such general topics as the films of Coppola and Scorsese. Thus, it is not hard to imagine one reader reacting to Fred L. Gardaphe's story "Mora Amore" by saying, "That's just how Grandpa used to talk" and another calling the same work (to paraphrase the introduction) "an example of the cultural dissonance produced by historical process." Both nostalgia and scholarship are appealed to, and so are the taste buds: even the criticism refers unceasingly to pastry, a sip of wine, the scent of garlic on one's fingers. Buon appetito! -- David Kirby, Florida State Univ., Tallahassee.
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Product Description
This anthology, hailed as a significant contribution to American ethnic studies, features the short stories, poems, and plays of more than thirty Italian American artists. Drawing on their individual and collective backgrounds and experience, these writers convey another vision of American fife. A section of critical essays by established scholars in the field, with topics ranging from specific works and authors to broad literary movements and film studies, analyzes the Italian American phenomenon and the role of ethnicity in literature. The extensive bibliography treats creative works, critical essays, and films dealing with the Italian American experience and promises to be an invaluable research tool.