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Ryan Calabretta-Sajder is assistant professor of Italian at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
Alan J. Gravano is assistant professor and writing center director at Rocky Mountain University.
Ryan Calabretta-Sajder & Alan Gravano
Part I: What is Italian-American Cinema?
- What is Italian about Sofia Coppola? Tracing Ethnicity in Third-Generation Feminist Cinema
- Edible Ethnicity: Italian-American Representations, Cinematic Style, and Ethnic Commodification in Stanley Tucci’s and Campbell Scott’s Big Night
- Questioning the Italian-American Palooka: From Definition of Race to Disabilities in Avildsen’s Rocky, Coogler’s Creed, and Caple Jr’s Creed II
Part II: Blurring the Lines between Italian and American on Screen
Mary Ann McDonald Carolan
- The Italian Pursuit of Hollywood
- Comedies of Identity: Italian Cinema and Television Narrating Italian Americans
Part III: Re-Viewing Italian Americana on Screen: Reception and Reflections
- Who’s Laughing at Whom? Masculinity, Humor, and Italian American Lives on Mainstream Television: Friends
- Tony Soprano Meets Furio Giunta: Italian Americans and the ‘Real’ Italians in The Sopranos
Part IV: Italian Newspapers, Italian Cinema, and 2.0 Media
- Serializing Italian American Futurities
Jessica Leonora Whitehead and Paul S. Moore
- Cinema Paradiso: Toronto’s Italian Language Cinemas and Distribution Networks
- Conversing about National Attributes Online: The Case of Italy and the U.S.
About the Contributors
Both building upon and moving beyond established critical paradigms, Italian Americans on Screen promotes crucial new lines of media inquiry. It legitimizes the contributions of non-Italian American filmmakers; touches upon long-ignored television programs, century-old newspapers and new media programs; and delves into recent exchanges between Italian and American media cultures. This collection is a fundamental (re)starting point for future research.
— Giorgio Bertellini, University of Michigan
Departing from Robert Casillo’s strict-constructionist definition of an Italian-American cinema and media studies (an Italian-American director on an Italian-American subject), Ryan Calabretta-Sajder, Alan Gravano, and their many contributors have boldly expanded across “blurred boundaries,” generic, interdisciplinary, intersectional, and historical. Their innovative methods and wealth of fresh content will make this volume itself the marker of a new moment in Italian-American Studies.
— John Paul Russo, University of Miami