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The Italian American Experience: Bibliography

This is a class guide for ITAL 2400, The Italian American Experience, Prof. Valentina Fulginiti.

Selected Resources on Italian American Studies (Prof. Fulganiti)


  1. Cinotto, Simone. (Ed.) All Things Italian: Italian American Consumers, the Transnational Formation of Taste, and the Commodification of Difference. New York: Fordham University Press, 2013.  
  2. Connell, Willian, and Fred Gardaphe (Eds.) Anti-Italianism: Essays on a prejudice. New York: Palgrave, 2010.
  3. Guglielmo, Jennifer, and Salerno Salvatore (Eds.) Are Italians White? How Race is Made in America. New York & London: Routledge, 2003.
  4. The Italian American Experience: An Encyclopedia. Edited by Salvatore J. LaGumina, Frank J. Cavaioli, Salvatore Primeggia, Joseph A. Varacalli. New York, Garland: 2000.
  5. Mangione, Jerry and Ben Morreale. La storia. Five Centuries of The Italian American Experience. New York-London: Harper Perennial, 1992.
  6. Parati, Graziella, and Anthony J. Tamburri. (Eds). The Cultures of Italian Migration: Diverse Trajectories and Discrete Perspectives. Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 2011.
  7. Serra, Ilaria. The Imagined Immigrant. Images of Italian Emigration to the United States 1890 and 1924. Madison/Teaneck: Farleigh Dickinson Press, 2009.



  1. Bonomo Albright, Carola, & Christine Palamidessi Moore. (Eds.) American Woman, Italian Style: Italian Americana's Best Writings on Women. New York: Fordham University Press, 2010. 
  2. Giunta. Edvige. Writing with an Accent. Contemporary Italian American Women Authors. New York: Palgrave; 2002. ß
  3. Gardaphé, Fred. Leaving Little Italy. Essaying Italian American Culture. Albany: SUNY Press, 2004.
  4. Pivato, Joseph. (Ed) Contrasts. Comparative Essays on Italian-Canadian Writing. Toronto: Guernica, 1991.
  5. Serra, Ilaria. Value of Worthless Lives: Writing Italian American Immigrant Autobiographies. New York: Fordham University press, 2010.
  6. Tamburri, Anthony J. Rereading Italian Americana. Specificities and Generalities of Literature and Criticism. Madison/Teaneck: Farleigh Dickinson Press, 2013.



  1. Chambers, Iain. Migrancy, Culture, Identity. New York/London: Routledge, 1994.
  2. Deleuze, Gilles & Félix Guattari. “What is a Minor Literature?” Kafka: For a Minor Literature. English transl. Dana Polan. Minneapolis/London: University of Minnesota Literature, 1975. 16-27.


D. NONFICTION (memoirs, autobiographies, creative non-fiction)

  1. Barolini, Helen. A Circular Journey. New York: Fordham University Press, 2010.
  2. ---. Festa: Recipes and Recollections of Italian Holidays. Madison, University of Wisconsin Madison Press, 2002.
  3. DeSalvo, Louise. On Moving: A Writer's Meditation on New Houses, Old Haunts, and Finding Home Again. -Berlin-London: Bloomsbury, 2009.
  4. ---. Crazy in the Kitchen: Food, Feuds, and Forgiveness in an Italian American Family. New York-Berlin-London: Bloomsbury, 2008.
  5. ---. Writing as a Way of healing. Boston: Beacon Press, 1999.
  6. D’Angelo, Pascal. Son of Italy. [1924] Toronto: Guernica, 2003.
  7. Mangione, Jerry. Mount Allegro: A Memoir of an Italian Life [1943]. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1998.



  1. De Salvo, Louise. Casting Off. [1976] New York: Bordighera, 2013.
  2. De Rose, Tina. Paper Fish. [1980] New York: The Feminist Press at CUNY,2003
  3. Di Donato, Pietro. Christ In Concrete. [1939] New York: Penguin, Signet Classic Edition, 1993.
  4. Fante, John. Wait Until Spring, Bandini! [1938] (multiple editions)
  5. ---. Ask the Dust [1939] (multiple editions)
  6. --- The Wine of Youth [1940] (multiple editions)
  7. --- The road to Los Angeles [1985] (multiple editions)
  8. Puzo, Mario, The Godfather [1969] (multiple editions)
  9. Ricci, Nino. Lives of the Saints [1990].  
  10. ---.In a Glass House, Toronto: McClelland & Steward, 1993.
  11. ---- Where has she gone. Toronto: Chatto & Windus, 1997.
  12. ----.The origin of Species. Toronto: Doubleday Canada,  2012



• Bonaffini, Luigi, and Luigi Perricone. Poets of the Italian Diaspora. New York: Fordham, 2014.

* Ferlinghetti, Lawrence. A Coney Island of the Mind [1958] New York: New Directions, 1998.



  1. De Franceschi, Marisa. Pillars of Lace. The Anthology of Italian-Canadian Women Writers. Toronto: Guernica, 1998.
  2. Durante, Francesco. Italoamericana: The Literature of the Great Migration, 1880-1943. (English edition: Robert Viscusi). New York: Fordham University Press, 2014.
  3. Gillian, Jennifer, and Edvige Giunta (Eds.) Italian American Writers on New Jersey. An Anthology of Poetry and Prose. Newark: Rutgers University Press, 2003.
  4. Marazzi, Martino. (Ed.) Voices of Italian America. A History of Early Italian American literature with a Critical Anthology. (Trans. Ann Goldstein) New York: Fordham University Press, 2014.
  5. Pivato, Joseph (Ed.) The Anthology of Italian-Canadian Writing. Toronto: Guernica, 1998.



h1) Silent films & early cinema

  • Wallace Mc. Hutcheon (Dir). The Black Hand (1906) [Available on Blackboard]
  • D. W. Griffith. (Dir.) “In Little Italy” (1912)


h2) Post- 1950 fiction

  • Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci (Dirs.) Big Night (1996)
  • Francis Ford Coppola. The Godfather (1972); The Godfather II (1974); The Godfather III (1990). 
  • Spike Lee - Summer of Sam (1999); Miracle at St. Anna (2008)
  • Martin Scorsese, Goodfellas (1990); Mean Streets (1993)
  • John Turturro. Mac (1992).


h3) Documentaries

  • John Turturro. Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy (D; 2009); Passione (D; 2010)
  • The Italian Americans. (PBS) TV Series, 5 episodes [All available on Blackboard]


h4) Secondary sources on cinema:

  1. Cavallero, Jonathan. Hollywood’s Italian American Filmmakers: Capra, Scorsese, Savoca, Coppola, and Tarantino . Champaign, University of Illinois Press, 2011
  2. Tamburri, Anthony J. Re-viewing Italian Americana: Generalities and Specificities on Cinema. New York: Bordighera Press, 2011.
  3. Camaiti Hostert, Anna, & Anthony Julian Tamburri (Eds) Screening Ethnicity: Cinematographic Representations of Italian Americans in the United States. New York: Bordighera Press, 2002.




• Calandra Italian American Institute


• Stony Brook University - Center for Italian Studies





Italian Americana. (1974-2015: printed by Queens University Press until 1989, then University of Rhode Island).

Italian-Canadiana (printed by the Frank Jacobucci Center at the University of Toronto)

The Italian American Review (click here for back issues)

•  VIA: Voices in Italian Americana (the semi-annual review Bordighera Press).