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Italian Folk : Vernacular Culture in Italian-american Lives (Paperback)

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Sunday dinners, basement kitchens, and backyard gardens are everyday cultural entities long associated with Italian Americans, yet the general perception of them remains superficial and stereotypical at best. For many people, these scenarios trigger ingrained assumptions about individuals' beliefs, politics, aesthetics, values, and behaviors that leave little room for nuance and elaboration. This collection of essays explores local knowledge and aesthetic practices, often marked as "folklore," as sources for creativity and meaning in Italian-American lives. As the contributors demonstrate, folklore provides contemporary scholars with occasions for observing and interpreting behaviors and objects as part of lived experiences. Its study provides new ways of understanding how individuals and groups reproduce and contest identities and ideologies through expressive means.

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Publisher Fordham Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780823232666
SKU 213648053
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0823232662
Release Date 11/1/2010
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0257
Publisher Fordham University Press
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