When I Am Italian - Joanna Clapps Herman - Bøger - State University of New York Press - 9781438477183 - 1. november 2019

When I Am Italian

Joanna Clapps Herman

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When I Am Italian

My ancestral Italian village in America was in Waterbury Connecticut. In this sentence, Joanna Clapps Herman raises the central question of this book: To what extent can a person born outside of Italy be considered Italian? The granddaughter of Italian immigrants who arrived in the United States in the early 1900s, Herman takes a complicated and nuanced look at the question of to whom and to which culture she ultimately belongs. Sometimes the Italian part of her identity--her Italianità--feels so aboriginal as to be inchoate, inexpressible. Sometimes it finds its expression in the rhythms of daily life. Sometimes it is embraced and enhanced; at others, it feels attenuated. If, like me, Herman writes, you are from one of Italy's overseas colonies, at least some of this Italianità will be in your skin, bones, and heart: other pieces have to be understood, considered, called to ourselves through study, travel, reading. Some of it is just longing. How do we know which pieces are which?

Medie Bøger     Paperback Bog   (Bog med blødt omslag og limet ryg)
Udgivet 1. november 2019
ISBN13 9781438477183
Forlag State University of New York Press
Antal sider 296
Mål 152 × 229 × 25 mm   ·   430 g
Sprog Engelsk