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Carol Bonomo Albright and Christine Palamidessi Moore

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231751

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823231751.001.0001

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Lucy Mancinithe: New Woman

Lucy Mancinithe: New Woman

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(p.202) Lucy Mancinithe: New Woman
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American Woman, Italian Style
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Carol Bonomo Jennngs

Christine Palamidessi Moore

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823231751.003.0019

Lucy Mancini, “thoroughly Americanized by three years of college,” achieves freedom, though she must first, in fairy-tale fashion, rid herself of the bodily defect, a pelvic malformation, that presumably issues from the genes of her Sicilian family, and that functions as a metaphor for her transit from Sonny's puttana (whore) to a Jewish doctor's wife. The exception to the vita matrimoniale italiana (marriage Italian-style) is Lucy Mancini, who not surprisingly crosses cultural borders to marry Jules Segal. Lucy Mancini's affair with and subsequent marriage to Dr. Jules Segal unites the Italians and Jews in the city of the future, Las Vegas.

Keywords:   Lucy Mancini, puttana, marriage, Italians, Jews, Jules Segal, Las Vegas

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