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In the Name of the Mother: Italian Americans, African Americans, and Modernity from Booker T. Washington to Bruce Springsteen - Re-Mapping the Transnational: A Dartmouth Series in American Studies (Hardback)
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In the Name of the Mother: Italian Americans, African Americans, and Modernity from Booker T. Washington to Bruce Springsteen - Re-Mapping the Transnational: A Dartmouth Series in American Studies (Hardback)

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Hardback 296 Pages / Published: 14/02/2017
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In the Name of the Mother examines the cultural relationship between African American intellectuals and Italian American writers and artists, and how it relates to American blackness in the twentieth century. Samuele Pardini links African American literature to the Mediterranean tradition of the Italian immigrants and examines both against the white intellectual discourse that defines modernism in the West. This previously unexamined encounter offers a hybrid, transnational model of modernity capable of producing democratic forms of aesthetics, social consciousness, and political economy. This volume emphasizes the racial "in-betweenness" of Italian Americans rearticulated as "invisible blackness," a view that enlarges and complicates the color-based dimensions of American racial discourse. This strikingly original work will interest a wide spectrum of scholars in American Studies and the humanities.

Publisher: University Press of New England
ISBN: 9781512600186
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"An exceptional book."-- "Voices in Italian Americana"
"The volume offers examples for identity positions that provide a new view of modernity: a view that does not dovetail with the traditional view of modernity as the total sum of productivity, individuality, and consumption but rather presents a modernity where social inclusiveness and a shared sense of community are still possible. Moreover, the volume offers lucid and persuasive analyses of a wide array of material from diverse contexts and genres."-- "Americana"
"Tracing the transnational arc of the twentieth-century United States, [Pardini] argues that this comparative reading offers a "hybrid, transnational model of modernity" with democratic implications for aesthetics, political economy, and social consciousness."-- "American Literature"

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