American Woman, Italian StyleItalian Americana's Best Writings on Women

American Woman, Italian StyleItalian Americana's Best Writings on Women

Carol Bonomo Albright and Christine Palamidessi Moore

Print publication date: 2011

ISBN: 9780823231751

Publisher: Fordham University Press


With writings that span more than thirty-five years, this book is a collection of essays that fleshes out the realities of today's Italian-American women and explores the myriad ways they continue to add to the American experience. The status of modern Italian-American women in the United States is noteworthy: their quiet and continued growth into respected positions in the professional worlds of law and medicine surpasses the success achieved in that of the general population — so too does their educational attainment and income. Contributions include Donna Gabaccia on the oral-to-written history of cookbooks, Carol Helstosky on the Tradition of Invention, an interview with Sandra Gilbert, Paul Levitt's look at Lucy Mancini as a metaphor for the modern world, William Egelman's survey of women's work patterns, and Edvige Giunta on the importance of a self-conscious understanding of memory. There are explorations of Jewish-Italian intermarriages and interpretations of entrepreneurship in Milwaukee, as well as challenges to common assumptions and stereotypes, departures from normal samplings, and springboards to further research. The book offers insights into issues of gender and ethnicity and is a voice for the less heard and less seen side of the Italian-American experience from immigrant times to the present. Instead of seeking consensus or ideological orthodoxy, this collection brings together writers with a wide range of backgrounds, outlooks, ideas, and experiences about being and becoming an American.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Carol Bonomo Albright and Christine Palamidessi Moore

Carol Bonomo Jennngs, and Christine Palamidessi Moore

Education, Work, and Home Life

Italian-Jewish Intermarriage the Italian-American Spouse

William Egelman, William Gratzer, and Michael D'angelo 2005

A Taste of Memories

Catherine Tripalin Murray 1998


The Novels of Mari Tomasi

Alfred F. Rosa 1975

Lucy Mancinithe: New Woman

Paul Levitt 2009

Mary Di Michele's Elegies

Nathalie Cooke 1991

Interview With Sandra (Mortola) Gilbert

Christina Bevilacqua 1992

Art, Music, and Film

Nancy Savoca: An Appreciation

Jacqueline Reich 1995

Studies About Italian-American Women

End Matter