Breaking Open

Breaking Open (Paperback)

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 Breaking Open
Purdue University Press
6.00" x 9.00"

Book Description

In this book, prominent Italian American creative writers discuss the ways their heritage has impacted their works. For many, there has been a distinctive separation between their involvement with their families and the culture the immigrants brought to this country and their rise to positions of prominence in academic or literary circles in the United States. In trying to establish a unified identity, they have faced many conflicts between home values and the beliefs of a wider society. As writers, they discuss the ways their conflicts are represented in their works. They also discuss the ways that their childhood memories of immigrants, their practices have been a strong foundation for their creativity. In addition, five scholars in the field of Italian American literature critically analyze works by many of the creative writers in this anthology and discuss the future of the field.

About the Editor(s):

Mary Ann Vigilante Mannino is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Temple University. Her most recent book Revisionary Identities: Strategies of Empowerment in the Writing of Italian American Women argues that current writers remember and write about their immigrant grandmothers as empowered women. A creative writer herself, her poem "Jimmy Fahey" was given first place in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards in 2001. She has published short stories and poetry in many literary journals.