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Autobiography / Literary Essays / Ethnic Studies
Essays of Identity | Revised Edition
"Needs to be on the shelves of every American Library and in the minds of every Italian American."
—Fred L. Gardaphé, Italian America
"Barolini's essays moved me. Their commitment, their passion, their intelligence struck me very powerfully and made them among the most incisive essays on Italian-Americana, ethnicity, and diversity in literature that I have ever read."Fred Misurella, author of Understanding Milan Kundera: Public Events, Private Affairs and Short Time
Part memoir, part social commentary, and part literary criticism, Chiaroscuro is not only profoundly original but also of crucial importance in establishing the contours of an Italian-American tradition. Spanning a quarter century of work, the essays in Helen Barolini's essays explore her personal search; literature as a formative influence; and the turning of the personal into the political. Included in Chiaroscuro is an updated re-introduction to Barolini's American Book Award-winning collection, The Dream Book: An Anthology of Writings by Italian-American Women.
Helen Barolini is the author of seven books, including Festa: Recipes and Recollections of Italian Holidays, also published by the University of Wisconsin Press. She has received an American Book Award for The Dream Book: An Anthropology of Writings by Italian American Women, and her essay "How I Learned to Speak Italian" was selected for The Best American Essays, 1998.
Helen Barolini received the DiDonato and Fante Literary Award from the Order Sons of Italy in America to honor her work on Italian Americans.
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LC: 98-048742 PS
240 pp. 6 x 9
Paper $24.95 t
"A lively, lucid, and often extremely moving collection of essays."
—Sandra Gilbert, author of Wrongful Death: A Memoir
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