Critical Studies in Italian America

Critical Studies in Italian America A book series from Fordham University Press on the history and culture of Italian Americans.
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Edited by: Nancy C. Carnevale, Montclair State University Laura E. Ruberto, Berkeley City College Series Advisory Board: Simone Cinotto, Professor of History, Universita' degli Studi di Torino Thomas J. Ferraro, Professor of English, Duke University Donna Gabaccia, Professor of History, University of Toronto Edvige Giunta, Professor of English, New Jersey City University Joseph Sciorra, Associate Director for Academic and Cultural Programs, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College (CUNY) Pasquale Verdicchio, Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature, University of California at San Diego

Italy remembers Louise De Salvo
01/27/2020

Italy remembers Louise De Salvo

Italy remembers Louise

An upcoming event in honor of Louise DeSalvo in Rome at Tuba, the women’s collective bookstore
12/28/2019

An upcoming event in honor of Louise DeSalvo in Rome at Tuba, the women’s collective bookstore

If you are in Rome on January. 21st, do not miss this special event,

With Fordham University Press Editor Fred Nachbaur
12/10/2019
Fordham University Press

With Fordham University Press Editor Fred Nachbaur

A Discussion with University Press Authors & Editors at @bookculture with our own @FNachbaur & @professionill will air December 14, at 3:30 pm EST on C-SPAN2 @BookTV. It will be available for viewing after that time: http://ow.ly/WWkw50xwqfI @aupresses @Kateonich #ReadUP #UPWeek

All the books in our Critical Studies in Italian American book series -- as well as all other Fordham University Press b...
11/29/2019
Homepage - Fordham University Press

All the books in our Critical Studies in Italian American book series -- as well as all other Fordham University Press books -- are currently 40% off when purchased at the Fordham UP website. Check out the full listings and use coupon code HOLIDAY19

Louise DeSalvo’s memoir, The House of Early Sorrows, was posthumously awarded the Italian American Studies Association 2...
11/04/2019

Louise DeSalvo’s memoir, The House of Early Sorrows, was posthumously awarded the Italian American Studies Association 2019 Book Award this past weekend at IASA’s yearly conference.

The memoir was published by Fordham University Press

IASA Book Award 2019

THE HOUSE OF EARLY SORROWS, by Louise DeSalvo

Critical Studies in Italian America's cover photo
11/04/2019

Critical Studies in Italian America's cover photo

Critical Studies in Italian America
11/04/2019

Critical Studies in Italian America

We are always happy to have a table displaying books from Fordham University Press, including those in our series, at th...
11/01/2019

We are always happy to have a table displaying books from Fordham University Press, including those in our series, at the Italian American Studies Association conference, this year in Houston

Fordham University Press's blog highlighting the weekend's NYT piece and links to Danielle Battisti's recent book.
10/15/2019
Sicilians as ‘Rattlesnakes’ - Fordham University Press

Fordham University Press's blog highlighting the weekend's NYT piece and links to Danielle Battisti's recent book.

Excerpt from How Italians Became ‘White’ by Brent Staples in the Opinion section of the New York Times published on Monday, October 12, 2019. The carnage in New Orleans was set in motion in the fall of 1890, when the city’s popular police chief, David Hennessy, was assassinated on his…

Good piece in today’s NYT about the history of Italian Americans and whiteness— noteworthy among the fine scholarship ci...
10/12/2019
Opinion | How Italians Became ‘White’

Good piece in today’s NYT about the history of Italian Americans and whiteness— noteworthy among the fine scholarship cited is Danielle Battisti’s book in our series.

Vicious bigotry, reluctant acceptance: an American story.

Teresa Fiore has a number of upcoming talks about the work from her award-winning book in our series, PRE-OCCUPIED SPACE...
09/23/2019
Pre-Occupied Spaces: Prizes, Reviews and Presentations

Teresa Fiore has a number of upcoming talks about the work from her award-winning book in our series, PRE-OCCUPIED SPACES. You can see the full calendar of events related to the book as well as book reviews and interviews with Fiore at her website (link here).

Her fall/winter presentations include:

“Pre-Occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy’s Transnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies” – Oct. 21, 2019 6pm Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC-

“Trans-Nation Italy: Emigration/Immigration Routes Past and Present.” A panel presentation at IDEA Boston in connection to I AM BOOKS (Nov. 2, 2019) –

“Mare Nostrum: Rethink the Mediterranean as a Pre-occupied Space in the 20th and 21st Centuries,” Princeton University (Feb. 21, 2020)-

‌‌Pre-Occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy’s Transnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies is the title of a 2017 book by Dr. Teresa Fiore (Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies at Montclair State University), published by Fordham University Press in the Critical Studies in Italia...

We are happy to learn that Louise DeSalvo's "The House of Early Sorrows" has been awarded a 2019 American Book Award -- ...
08/27/2019

We are happy to learn that Louise DeSalvo's "The House of Early Sorrows" has been awarded a 2019 American Book Award -- a much-deserved recognition.

Louise DeSalvo's The House of Early Sorrows is an American Book Award Winner! #beforecolumbusfoundation @Kateonich @FNachbaur @LauraRuberto @n_caronia @edigiunta @PersonEffectsLD @CalandraItal @ItalianAmLit @iambooksboston @AIHA2

The important anthology about Louise DeSalvo, edited by Nancy Caronia & Edi Giunta now available in paperback
08/19/2019

The important anthology about Louise DeSalvo, edited by Nancy Caronia & Edi Giunta now available in paperback

Giuliana Muscio, author of “Napoli/New York/Hollywood: Film between Italy and the United States” on her recent research ...
07/18/2019
Inquiring Minds: Researching a Star of Silent Cinema | Library of Congress Blog

Giuliana Muscio, author of “Napoli/New York/Hollywood: Film between Italy and the United States” on her recent research at the Library of Congress.

Giuliana Muscio teaches film studies at the University of Padova in Italy. She's using the Library to research her next book about Robert G. Vignola, an Italian immigrant who directed and acted in silent movies. 

Sharing a few photographs from last month's Edinburgh Gadda Projects Prize celebration. Teresa Fiore received a Runner's...
07/17/2019

Sharing a few photographs from last month's Edinburgh Gadda Projects Prize celebration. Teresa Fiore received a Runner's Up Award for her book in our series, "Pre-Occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy's Transnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies". Congratulations to all the authors honored!

Congratulations to Dr. Teresa Fiore whose book "Pre-Occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy's Transnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies" received the Runner Up Edinburgh Gadda Projects Prize in the Established Scholars category, bestowed by Pulitzer-Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri.

Danielle Battisti will be sharing her research in Rochester, NY later this month.
06/12/2019

Danielle Battisti will be sharing her research in Rochester, NY later this month.

In Rochester, NY.

We are excited that this important collection will be out in paperback in the fall!
05/23/2019

We are excited that this important collection will be out in paperback in the fall!

Out in paperback in December!

Stefano Luconi recently reviewed Danielle Battisti's WHOM WE SHALL OVERCOME for the H-Italy network"In Battisti’s brilli...
05/21/2019
Luconi on Battisti, 'Whom We Shall Welcome: Italian Americans and Immigration Reform, 1945-1965' | H-Italy | H-Net

Stefano Luconi recently reviewed Danielle Battisti's WHOM WE SHALL OVERCOME for the H-Italy network

"In Battisti’s brilliant appraisal, therefore, the call for immigration reform was part of Italian Americans’ longing for full membership in a still prevailing white society."

Danielle Battisti. Whom We Shall Welcome: Italian Americans and Immigration Reform, 1945-1965. Critical Studies in Italian America Series. New York: Fordham University Press, 2019. 352 pp. $35.00 (paper), ISBN 978-0-8232-8438-2.

On Teresa Fiore's book, "Pre-Occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy’s Transnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies" and her ...
05/12/2019
Italy Is “Pre-Occupied”… And So Are We

On Teresa Fiore's book, "Pre-Occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy’s Transnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies" and her presentation at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute in New York City last week.

The book addresses the topic of transnational migrations from, and to Italy in the 20th and 21st centuries Two years after its publication, Fiore claims that...

The Legacy of Louise De Salvo
05/03/2019

The Legacy of Louise De Salvo

The Legacy of Louise DeSalvo.

Fordham University Press books on display, including those in our series, at the yearly John D. Calandra Italian America...
04/26/2019

Fordham University Press books on display, including those in our series, at the yearly John D. Calandra Italian American Institute conference

Coming up in May in NYC
04/04/2019

Coming up in May in NYC

Save the date!

New banner for our series made up of the covers from the most recent five books we’ve published--with books written or e...
04/03/2019

New banner for our series made up of the covers from the most recent five books we’ve published--with books written or edited by Danielle Battisti, Giuliana Muscio, Nancy Caronia, Edi Giunta, Teresa Fiore, and Luisa Del Giudice

Daniel Franklin Ward (Syracuse University) recently reviewed Luisa Del Giudice's  _Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts_--see ...
03/08/2019

Daniel Franklin Ward (Syracuse University) recently reviewed Luisa Del Giudice's _Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts_--see the first page of the review attached here. We are always happy to read new reviews of the books in our series!

You can read the full review in:
_Journal of American Folklore_: Winter 2019, Vol. 132, No. 523: pp. 87-89 (by Daniel Franklin Ward)

#CriticalItalianAmericanFUP

"Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies" pays tribute to Louise DeSalvo, including a piece by Nancy Caronia and  Edi Giu...
03/02/2019
5.2 Tribute to Louise DeSalvo

"Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies" pays tribute to Louise DeSalvo, including a piece by Nancy Caronia and Edi Giunta, editors of the book in our series on DeSalvo

​“Life, I have always believed,” Louise DeSalvo wrote in Vertigo , “is too short to have even one bad meal.” She also wrote: “The most productive writers and creative people I know...

02/22/2019
www.h-net.org

a new review of Teresa Fiore's "Pre-Occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy’s Transnational Migrations and
Colonial Legacies"

Reviewed by Joseph Viscomi (New York University)

Published on H-Italy (February, 2019)

Commissioned by Matteo Pretelli i (University of Naples ”L’Orientale”)

On Apr 11 2019, Danielle Battisti will be speaking about her new book, "Whom We Shall Welcome: Italian Americans and Imm...
02/22/2019
Whom We Shall Welcome: Italian Americans and Immigration Reform, 1945–1965

On Apr 11 2019, Danielle Battisti will be speaking about her new book, "Whom We Shall Welcome: Italian Americans and Immigration Reform, 1945–1965" (Fordham 2019), at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute in New York City. Details below.

Danielle Battisti University of Nebraska–Omaha In Whom We Shall Welcome (Fordham University Press, 2019), Danielle Battisti examines post–World War II immigration by Italians to the United States. …

We are excited to announce the release of the latest book in our series - Whom We Shall Welcome: Italian Americans and I...
02/20/2019

We are excited to announce the release of the latest book in our series - Whom We Shall Welcome: Italian Americans and Immigration Reform, 1945-1965 - by Danielle Battisti (Fordham University Press, 2019)

Here is the cover and the Table of Contents

#fordhampress #CriticalItalianAmericanFUP

Ohio State University is hosting Teresa Fiore this week as a "scholar in residence," a three-day series of talks, screen...
02/12/2019
Scholar in Residence Teresa Fiore

Ohio State University is hosting Teresa Fiore this week as a "scholar in residence," a three-day series of talks, screenings, and public exchanges with Fiore about her work on Italy and migration, stemming in great part from her award-winning book, "Pre-Occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy's Transnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies," which was published in 2017 in our series.

We are pleased to share this new review written by Patrizia La Trecchia of -- PERSONAL EFFECTS -- a collection in our se...
02/11/2019
Patrizia La Trecchia, Ph.D.

We are pleased to share this new review written by Patrizia La Trecchia of -- PERSONAL EFFECTS -- a collection in our series on the work of Louise DeSalvo, co-edited by Nancy Caronia and Edi Giunta.

Life got in the way and, alas, I missed the deadline with the essay I started writing when I was asked to contribute to this volume about one of my favorite authors... but I got to write the review!
Check out the journal Altreitalie and thank you review editor Evelyn Ferraro.
Congratulation to the editors of the volume Edi Giunta and Nancy Caronia and to all the amazing contributors, among which, my Florida colleague Ilaria Serra and Dean extraordinaire Anthony Julian Tamburri for the afterword!

https://www.altreitalie.it/pubblicazioni/rivista/n-57/rassegna/nancy-caronia-and-edvige-giunta-eds-personal-effects-essays-on-memoir-teaching-and-culture-in-the-works-of-louise-desalvo.kl

We are looking forward to the release later this year of the latest book in our series - WHOM WE SHALL WELCOME: ITALIAN ...
01/29/2019
Whom We Shall Welcome

We are looking forward to the release later this year of the latest book in our series - WHOM WE SHALL WELCOME:
ITALIAN AMERICANS AND IMMIGRATION REFORM, 1945-1965 - by Danielle Battisti

Teresa Fiore will be presenting her award-winning book "Pre-Occupied Spaces" in Palermo on January 10, 2019. Details bel...
01/04/2019

Teresa Fiore will be presenting her award-winning book "Pre-Occupied Spaces" in Palermo on January 10, 2019. Details below.

Congratulations to Teresa Fiore who was awarded the Howard R. Marraro Prize from the MLA (Modern Language Association) f...
12/06/2018

Congratulations to Teresa Fiore who was awarded the
Howard R. Marraro Prize from the MLA (Modern Language Association) for her book in the #CriticalItalianAmercanFUP series, "Pre-occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy’sTransnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies" (Fordham University Press, 2017)

More information and the full list of MLA prizes for this year can be seen at this link: https://www.mla.org/content/download/104766/2312032/Publication-Prize-Winners-2018-Competitions.pdf?utm_source=Social&utm_medium=Hootsuite&utm_campaign=SocialPosts

Great to see the New York Times take note of Fordham University Press books in their NYC-gift book list for 2019.
11/30/2018
The New York Times: 9 Gift Books for the Discerning New Yorker - Fordham University Press

Great to see the New York Times take note of Fordham University Press books in their NYC-gift book list for 2019.

BOOKSHELF | The New York Times | November 29, 2018 By Sam Roberts In the Shadow of Genius: The Brooklyn Bridge and Its Creators reimagines the story behind the span and its engineers through the lens of Barbara Mensch, a photographer who has lived for decades in a maritime warehouse…

recent review of Teresa Fiore's "Preoccupied Spaces" from "Annali di Italianistica" 36 (2018) by Melissa Coburn: pp. 465...
11/26/2018

recent review of Teresa Fiore's "Preoccupied Spaces" from "Annali di Italianistica" 36 (2018) by Melissa Coburn: pp. 465-7 (posting it here in two jpegs)

11/02/2018
Louise A DeSalvo at Personal Effects book event, Calandra Institute, NYC

Thanks Joshua Fausty for sharing this 2014 video of Louise DeSalvo speaking at the book event for "Personal Effects: Essays on Memoir, Teaching, and Culture in the Work of Louise DeSalvo" (Eds. Edi Giunta and Nancy Caronia, Fordham, 2014) at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute.

Louise A DeSalvo speaks at "Personal Effects: Essays on Memoir, Teaching, and Culture in the Work of Louise DeSalvo" book event, Calandra Institute, NYC (Dec...

We share here a letter Anthony Julian Tamburri, Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, published yeste...
11/01/2018
John D Calandra Italian American Institute

We share here a letter Anthony Julian Tamburri, Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, published yesterday about the life work of Louise DeSalvo.

It is with deep sadness that I write this email. In the early morning of October 31, Louise A. DeSalvo lost her battle to a devastating disease. Scholar, fiction writer, professor, and model for a plethora of students and young writers, Louise was the Jenny Hunter Endowed Scholar for Creative Writing and Literature at Hunter College, The City University of New York.

A ground-breaking scholar and biographer, her work on Virginia Woolf has been greatly influential and remains among the most authoritative works on the British writer. Further still, her own writing, as both fiction writer and memorialist, places her within the echelon of prominent cultural brokers. She dedicated a great deal of her memoir writing and essays to her working-class, Italian/American background. Indeed, some will consider her one of our best Italian American writers we have, and correct they are. I, in turn, will place her among the more influential of our more grand American literary tradition: to be sure, in the upper tier of the best.

I came to know Louise upon my arrival at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute. I was also a fan of her first novel, Casting Off (1987); and when I found it was out of print, at Bordighera Press we decided to reprint it in 2014. During that same period, I was invited to write the "Afterword" to the collection Personal Effects: Essays on Memoir, Teaching, and Culture in the Work of Louise DeSalvo (Fordham University Press, 2015). I stated then, and I still believe, that Louise DeSalvo is "that requisite model of courage and fortitude [for young women writers] with regard to their own writing, so that they, too, may speak aloud their own liberating truths. Accented, for sure, because DeSalvo had decided early on in her career to wear the mantel of an Italian-American woman writer in 'A Portrait of the Puttana as a Middle-Aged Woolf Scholar.' In this, Louise DeSalvo has succeeded in furrowing new paths for the Italian-American woman writer who, through oppressive, historical restrictions, has remained silent much too long."

May Louise be remembered as the pioneer she was in her professional life and as the generous and welcoming individual she was overall. Her powerful voice and welcoming personality will surely be missed.

With profound sadness,

Anthony Julian Tamburri, Dean

Louise A. DeSalvo, PhD, 76, died in her home in Montclair on Wednesday, Oct. 31, with her husband Ernest J. DeSalvo, MD,...
11/01/2018
Obituary: Montclair resident Louise A. DeSalvo, Ph.D

Louise A. DeSalvo, PhD, 76, died in her home in Montclair on Wednesday, Oct. 31, with her husband Ernest J. DeSalvo, MD, of 55 years by her side.

Memoirist, biographer, scholar, teacher and mentor to a myriad students and writers, Louise had a literary career as distinguished as it was groundbreaking.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Louise DeSalvo’s name to ProLiteracy at proliteracy.org/donate.

Louise A. DeSalvo, died on Oct. 31. Services will be held from 11 to 1 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, 67 Church St.

It is with deep sadness that we share here the news of Louise DeSalvo's passing. An acclaimed author, editor, teacher, c...
10/31/2018

It is with deep sadness that we share here the news of Louise DeSalvo's passing. An acclaimed author, editor, teacher, colleague, and friend to many involved in Italian American studies, DeSalvo's writing and life work inspired and engaged so many.

Fordham's series, Critical Studies in Italian America, sends the most sincerest of condolences out to her loved ones.

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