ENG-360 001 - Italian-American Literature

The experience of Italian Americans in this country is a story common to all immigrants. This course takes you on a familiar journey from immigration to assimilation. On the way, we will hear about early encounters with brutal working conditions and discrimination, as well as the conflict between the generations, one tightly holding on to traditions while the other is trying to cut ties to the mother country. We will read an immigrant’s autobiography, autobiographical fiction, poetry, short stories, and a play by Italian American writers, examining what makes their fiction uniquely Italian American.

Prerequisites: ENG 201 or ENG 121

Course Credit: 3


Sample Syllabus

Prof. Caroline Pari-Pfisterer | cparipfisterer@bmcc.cuny.edu

Special Instructions and Information:

Special Instructions:

This course is Writing Intensive.

There are no face to face meetings required.

The professor will email you one week before the semester begins.

Required Texts: From the Margin: Writings in Italian Americana. Anthony Julian Tamburri, Paolo A. Giordano, and Fred L. Gardaphé, eds. Revised Edition. Purdue UP, 2000. ISBN-10: 1557531528 ISBN-13: 978-1557531520

Son of Italy. d’Angelo, Pascal. 1924. Guernica Editions, 2003. ISBN-10: 1550710982 ISBN-13: 978-1550710984

The Fortunate Pilgrim. Puzo, Mario. 1964. Random House, 2004. ISBN-10: 0345476727 ISBN-13: 978-0345476722

The Dream Book: An Anthology of Writing by Italian American Women. Barolini, Helen. Syracuse UP, 2000. ISBN-10: 0815606621 ISBN-13: 978-0815606628

Gemini: A Play in Two Acts. Innaurato, Albert. Dramatists Play Service, Inc. (January 1998) ISBN-10: 0822204355 ISBN-13: 978-0822204350