Queen Calafia's Paradise: California and the Italian American Novel (Google eBook)

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 211 pages
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In Queen Calafia's Paradise, Ken Scambray explains that California offers Italian American protagonists a unique cultural landscape in which to define what it means to be an American and how Italian American protagonists embark on a voyage to reconcile their Old World heritage with modern American society. In Pasinetti's From the Academy Bridge (1970), Scambray analyzes the influence of Pasinetti's diverse California landscape upon his protagonist. Scambray argues that any reading of Madalena's Confetti for Gino (1959), set in San Diego's Little Italy, must take into account Madalena's homosexuality and his little known homosexual World War II novel, The Invisible Glass (1950). In his chapters covering John Fante's Los Angeles fiction, Scambray explores the Italian American's quest to locate a home in Southern California. Ken Scambray teaches courses in North American Italian literature and Los Angeles fiction at the University of La Verne.
  

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Contents

Cultural Authority and the Western Italian American Experience in Jo Paganos Golden Wedding
33
Americas Americas The Melting Pot Begins to Cool in Lorenzo Madalenas Confetti for Gino
51
The Southern California Condition in P M Pasinettis From the Academy Bridge
67
Unmasking the Ethnic Alien Italian American Identity in Dorothy Bryants Miss Giardino
85
This Country of Palimpsests The Italian American Experience in Steven Varnis The Inland Sea
101
The Ambidextrous Devil in John Fantes The Road to Los Angeles
116
Success in the West Italian American Representation in John Fantes Ask the Dust
130
The Prince and the Peasant Wop in John Fantes Dreams from Bunker Hill
142
Heresies Catholics and Communists in John Fantes Full of Life
154
Mapping the Future The Y in the Italian American Genotype in John Fantes My Dog Stupid
170
Resurrecting the Italian American Self in John Fantes The Brotherhood of the Grape
183
Reference List
196
Index
207
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About the author (2007)

Kenneth Scambray is a professor of English at the University of La Verne and has served as the film and book critic for L'Italo-Americano.

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