Italy and the USA
Cultural Change Through Language and Narrative

Edited by Guido Bonsaver, Alessandro Carlucci and Matthew Reza

Italian Perspectives 44

Legenda

30 December 2019  •  282pp

ISBN: 978-1-781888-75-9 (hardback)  •  RRP £80, $110, €95

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This collection takes a cross-disciplinary, transnational approach and gathers together essays from a range of subjects including linguistics, film studies, folk music, oral and written narrative, and history, which provide new comparative perspectives on the questions surrounding the mutual influence between Italian and U.S. cultures. The volume also showcases new research — quantitative, interpretative, and archival — which contributes to the study of cultural contact. It therefore offers new evidence to answer a question which has long been pivotal in various disciplines and research fields (from historical linguistics to cultural anthropology) — namely, how and to what extent cultural contact can affect long-term historical change?

Reviews:

  • ‘A very holistic assessment of cultural change, even going beyond the disciplinary points of reference of language and narrative to the larger fields of politics and economics.’ — Anna Chichi, Modern Language Review 117.2, 2022, 303-04 (full text online)

Contents:

ix-ix

Acknowledgements
Guido Bonsaver, Alessandro Carlucci, Matthew Reza
doi:10.2307/j.ctv16kkzj9.3

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x-xiv

Notes On the Contributors
Guido Bonsaver, Alessandro Carlucci, Matthew Reza
doi:10.2307/j.ctv16kkzj9.4

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1-14

Introduction: Mapping Cultural Change: Italy and the Usa During the ‘Long American Century’
Guido Bonsaver, Alessandro Carlucci, Matthew Reza
doi:10.2307/j.ctv16kkzj9.5

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17-30

Chapter 1 Italian Storytelling Memories: Personal Recollections of Fairy and Folk Tales in the Usa
Matthew Reza
doi:10.2307/j.ctv16kkzj9.6

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31-46

Chapter 2 the English Language and Anglo-American Culture in Twentieth-Century Italy
Virginia Pulcini
doi:10.2307/j.ctv16kkzj9.7

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47-58

Chapter 3 English in Italian Education: Between Europeanization and Americanization
Giancarlo Schirru
doi:10.2307/j.ctv16kkzj9.8

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59-71

Chapter 4 Modern Throwbacks: Screening Italians in the Usa — the First Fifty Years
Giorgio Bertellini
doi:10.2307/j.ctv16kkzj9.9

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72-86

Chapter 5 Narrating New Italianness in the Usa in the Early Twenty-First Century
Teresa Fiore
doi:10.2307/j.ctv16kkzj9.10

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89-102

Chapter 6 Buffalo Bill and the Italian Myth of the American West
Luca Cottini
doi:10.2307/j.ctv16kkzj9.11

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103-122

Chapter 7 Turin Between French and Us Culture: the Film and Car Industries in 1904–1914
Guido Bonsaver
doi:10.2307/j.ctv16kkzj9.12

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123-140

Chapter 8 Us Culture and Fascist Italy: the Case of Omnibus (1937–1939)
Manuela Di Franco
doi:10.2307/j.ctv16kkzj9.13

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143-155

Chapter 9 the Forbidden City: Tombolo Between American Occupation and Italian Imagination
Charles L. Leavitt IV
doi:10.2307/j.ctv16kkzj9.14

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156-173

Chapter 10 the Other America: Contact and Exchange in the Italian Folk Revival
Rachel E. Love
doi:10.2307/j.ctv16kkzj9.15

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174-198

Chapter 11 Pc Or Not Pc? Some Reflections Upon Political Correctness and Its Influence On the Italian Language
Federico Faloppa
doi:10.2307/j.ctv16kkzj9.16

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201-215

Chapter 12 ‘Little Italy’ On the Move: the Birth and Transatlantic Relocation of A Cultural Myth
Mattia Lento
doi:10.2307/j.ctv16kkzj9.17

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216-231

Chapter 13 Italianisms in Us English: Past and Present
Laura Pinnavaia
doi:10.2307/j.ctv16kkzj9.18

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232-245

Chapter 14 A Century of Americanisms
Massimo Fanfani
doi:10.2307/j.ctv16kkzj9.19

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246-261

Chapter 15 Contact, Change, and Translation: A Theoretical and Empirical Assessment of Non-Lexical Anglicisms
Alessandro Carlucci
doi:10.2307/j.ctv16kkzj9.20

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262-268

Index
Guido Bonsaver, Alessandro Carlucci, Matthew Reza
doi:10.2307/j.ctv16kkzj9.21

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Bibliography entry:

Bonsaver, Guido, Alessandro Carlucci, and Matthew Reza (eds), Italy and the USA: Cultural Change Through Language and Narrative, Italian Perspectives, 44 (Legenda, 2019)

First footnote reference: 35 Italy and the USA: Cultural Change Through Language and Narrative, ed. by Guido Bonsaver, Alessandro Carlucci and Matthew Reza, Italian Perspectives, 44 (Legenda, 2019), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Bonsaver, Carlucci, and Reza, p. 47.

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Bonsaver, Guido, Alessandro Carlucci, and Matthew Reza (eds). 2019. Italy and the USA: Cultural Change Through Language and Narrative, Italian Perspectives, 44 (Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Bonsaver, Carlucci, and Reza 2019: 21).

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