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Son of Italy
Pascal D'Angelo
In the original introduction to Pascal D'Angelo's Son of Italy, the renowned literary critic Carl Van Doren praised D'Angelo's autobiography as an impassioned story of his "enormous struggles against every disadvantage." In his narrative of his fruitless labor as a "pick and shovel" worker in America, D'Angelo, who immigrated from...
Sous le signe du Phénix: Entretiens avec des créateurs italo-québécois
Sous le signe du Phénix
Entretiens avec des créateurs italo-québécois
Fulvio Caccia
Stones into Bread
Vito Teti, Francesco Loriggio, Damiano Pietropaolo
This is a book about a small Southern Italian village and its offshoots in Toronto. It's about bread and figs and food in general, about Carnival and pilgrimages to religious sanctuaries, about fathers, mothers and children, about migrating and about remaining, about yearning to leave if you've stayed and yearning...
Talking It Out: The October Crisis from Inside
Talking It Out
The October Crisis from Inside
Francis Simard, David Homel
In October 1970, Canada experienced incredible social turmoil. What political restlessness that had been keeping Quebec on its toes finally exploded. Terrorist groups of young men and women, known as Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) decided to go down to the streets and attempted to bring about what had...
Tell the Oak Tree to Grow Faster: Selected Aphorisms
Maria Luisa Spaziani, Marco Sonzogni, Bob Lowe
Tell the Oak Tree to Grow Faster is the first book of Maria Luisa Spaziani's aphorisms in English translation. Linking aphorism and poetry, she "shows no trace of hypocrisy," as Gino Ruozzi observes, and "her pungent and elitist dictates scourge accepted ideas and cut to the quick a lot of...
Ten Letters to Montaigne
H.L. Hix, Jüri Talvet
Socrates looked expectantly to the afterlife, when he would be able to converse with the wisest of the honored dead. Jüri Talvet has elected not to wait, but instead to begin his conversations with the wise in this life. In these ten letters, Talvet has entered into conversation with...
Tenacity: How Two Mums Fought a War Against Drugs
How Two Mums Fought a War Against Drugs
M.L. Cowell, S.J. Cowell, Julie Rose
The two true life stories contained in Tenacity span decades-- and two worlds, Australia and Britain. Told through the painful words of mothers Julie Rose and Marilyn Cowell (as recorded by her daughters, Michelle and Sarah), this compelling read has no sugar coating as it takes you through Julie's and...
The most inclusive collection of its kind in North America, this anthology includes a wide variety of genres, from fiction and poetry to essays, plays, film scripts and memoirs. The more than fifty authors represented come from across Canada and have backgrounds in all regions of Italy. Organized in three...
The Bob Dylan Albums
Anthony Varesi
In The Bob Dylan Albums, Anthony Varesi analyzes the Dylan canon through a detailed discussion of the artist's records. The book follows Dylan's career from 1962's Bob Dylan to 2001's Love and Theft, with all the fascinating turns in between: the startling originality of Dylan's early works; the revolutionary rock...
The Courage of Poetry
Paul Chamberland, Raymond Chamberlain
The Courage of Poetry is an ars poetica, not in a technical sense, but as a declaration of the intent and function of poetry. As such it treats the most general and lofty themes with the most serious of purposes. Despite the very largeness of the questions it poses, however,...
Dori's narrative is a heart-touching and zany blend of actual events in the life of a young Boxer. With edgy charm, she takes us on a romp through her world in such a way we can't help but reconsider our lives. Through her we get a dog's-eye view on human...
The Expo Affair: A Cold War Escape Story
The Expo Affair
A Cold War Escape Story
Geza Tatrallyay
The Expo Affair is a narrative memoir of international intrigue and romance that took place in the exotic setting of Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan. As a host at the Ontario Pavilion, the author, Geza Tatrallyay, was approached by three Czechoslovak hostesses who wanted to defect to Canada. What follows...
The Films of Jacques Tati
Michel Chion, Antonio D'Alfonso
Life is full of homages to Jacques Tati. Tati is a great film comic who deserves to be placed on the same level as Keaton or Chaplin. His Monsieur Hulot has now entered the world of screen legends. Above everything else, Jacques Tati was an artist who did not fear...
The Great Dictators: Interviews with Filmakers of Italian Descent
The Great Dictators
Interviews with Filmakers of Italian Descent
Angela Baldassarre
In 21 separate interviews -- two with director Bernardo Bertolucci -- Angela Baldassarre sheds light on what motivates filmmakers in their work. Focusing on Italian directors as well as American directors of Italian descent, The Great Dictators -- collected over the course of six years -- unearths a variety of...
The North American Italian Renaissance: Italian Writing in America and Canada
The North American Italian Renaissance
Italian Writing in America and Canada
Kenneth Scambray
This collection of essays offers the reader a critical analysis of the wide range of Italianese literature written over the last thirty years in North America. Kenneth Scambray discusses the representative critical, scholarly, and imaginative works written since the 1970s.
The Oulipo Challenge
Hillar Liitoja
The adventure of discovering, then diving into the world of that esoteric and fascinating French “literary club”, the Oulipo -- and the perils of trying to reconfigure the world's most famous monologue while abiding by their fiendishly challenging rules.
The Power of Allegiances: Identity, Culture, and Representational Strategies
The Power of Allegiances
Identity, Culture, and Representational Strategies
Marino Tuzi
The Power of Allegiances explores contemporary social reality in Canada from a cultural perspective. It proposes that ideas about being Canadian are not culturally neutral. Such ideas are influenced by specific, historical, and cultural traditions which differ from those found in anglophone and francophone communities. By examining the fictional work...
The Southern Question
Antonio Gramsci, Pasquale Verdicchio
Antonio Gramsci's The Southern Question remains as provocative today as it was when it was written. During ten years of political imprisonment under Mussolini's Fascist government, Gramsci produced The Prison Notebooks, a continued meditation on subjects and relationships first proposed within the pages of this essay. The purpose in re-introducing...
To Hyphenate or Not to Hyphenate?: The Italian/American Writer: An Other America
To Hyphenate or Not to Hyphenate?
The Italian/American Writer: An Other America
Anthony Julian Tamburri
Anthony Julian Tamburri examines the history of Italian/American writing and the concept of the hyphen as representative of the reluctance of the dominant culture to accept newcomers. He maintains that the hyphen in “Italian-American” creates a physical division between the two terms where the ideological gap should be filled Tamburri...
Trapped: A Mother's Quest to Reclaim Her Daughters
A Mother's Quest to Reclaim Her Daughters
Alexandra Karb
Imagine that the charming, seemingly Westernized immigrant man that you fell in love with turns out to be self-centred, controlling, and cruelly manipulative-- but only when no one is around to witness this behaviour. To stop you from divorcing him, he kidnaps your infant children and leaves them in...
Although he has won plaudits and awards for work in film, television, and on stage, Tony Nardi's most recent headlines have been earned by his TWO LETTERS … And Counting!. Two Letters is based on two actual letters sent to “middle-men” of the Canadian cultural scene: a film/television producer and...
Une plongée dans mon essentiel
Claude Péloquin
Untying The Apron: Daughters Remember Mothers of the 1950s
Untying The Apron
Daughters Remember Mothers of the 1950s
Lorri Neilsen Glenn
Mothers of the 1950s were wasp-waisted, dutiful, serene, and tied to the kitchen with apron strings. Or so we thought. This collection of searing and startling poetry and prose unties the stereotype and reveals women who were strong, wild, talented, wise, mad, creative, desperate, angry, courageous, bitter, tenacious, reckless and...
Vendetta: The True Story of the Largest Lynching in U.S. History
The True Story of the Largest Lynching in U.S. History
Richard Gambino
Eleven Italian Americans were lynched in New Orleans on March 14, 1891. The lynching caused a crisis between the President and the Congress of the United States, between Washington and Rome. It also introduced a sinister word to America: Mafia. This book has become a HBO film starring Christopher Walken.
Voix off: Dix poètes anglophones du Québec
Voix off
Dix poètes anglophones du Québec
Antonio D'Alfonso
Voix Off réunit tous ces thèmes dans des factures aussi variées que les poètes son différents. Brillance, cynicisme, tendresse, éclat, colère rentrée, colère dehors, et la passion et la logique, tout cela concourt à placer ce recueil sous le signe de la mosaïque, culturelle certes, mais aussi d'émotions. Il va...
Where Seas and Fables Meet: Parables, Aphorisms, Fragments, Thought
Where Seas and Fables Meet
Parables, Aphorisms, Fragments, Thought
B.W. Powe
This powerful, beautiful book blends parables, aphorisms, dreams, fantasies, anecdotes, witticisms, puns, vignettes, and prose poems in a meditative and often passionate way. It takes the risk of being free in its style and form, to affirm the possibilities of thought, spirit, heart, humour, and imagination. Here B.W. Powe gives...
William Hutt: Soldier Actor
William Hutt
Soldier Actor
Keith Garebian
William Hutt showed that it was possible to be a great classical actor without sacrificing his Canadian accent or cultural identity. His imperishable portraits of Tartuffe, King Lear, Lear's Fool, Feste, Khlestakov, Duke Vincentio, Titus Andronicus, Timon, Argan, Lady Bracknell, James Tyrone, Sr., and Prospero ensured that he will be...
Writers in Transition: The Proceedings of the First National Conference of Italian Canadian Writers
Writers in Transition
The Proceedings of the First National Conference of Italian Canadian Writers
Dino Minni
In September, 1986, the first national conference of Italian-Canadian writers was held in Vancouver. This book results from material presented at that conference.
Writing Cultural Difference: Italian-Canadian Creative and Critical Works
Writing Cultural Difference
Italian-Canadian Creative and Critical Works
Giulia De Gasperi, Maria Cristina Seccia, Licia Canton, Michael Mirolla
Writing Cultural Difference is a welcome addition to Canadian literary studies. The publication of this volume certainly dispels the belief that Italian-Canadian writing was a passing phenomenon three decades ago. The new generation of writers no longer focuses on immigration or speaks the dialect of their grandparents, but that heritage...
Writing Our Way Home
Licia Canton, Caroline Morgan Di Giovanni
Writing Our Way Home is an important contribution to literary studies. “Italian-Canadian writers are not just Canadian writers, but world writers,” states literary critic Elena Lamberti in the introduction to Writing Our Way Home. “They write from Canada with an original point of view on multiple (hybrid) identities and have...