- Series: Via Folios (Book 85)
- Paperback: 308 pages
- Publisher: Bordighera Press (March 15, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599540592
- ISBN-13: 978-1599540597
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #908,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pioneering Italian American Culture: Escaping La Vita Cucina (Via Folios)
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Daniela Gioseffi is a poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and performer who won the American Book Award in 1990 for Women on War: International Writings from Antiquity to the Present.
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"Daniela Gioseffi is a pioneering presence in contemporary American literature. For decades she has fought the good fight--for social justice, for art, and for fellow citizens and artists. Her poetry has rightly won her international acclaim. Here, in Escaping La Vita della Cucina, with an Introduction by Angelina Oberdan, we see Gioseffi as a first-rank progressive intellectual. We learn in PIONEERING ITALIAN AMERICAN CULTURE how her art and activism have allowed her to transcend the sometimes stultifying traditions of Italian American society; how she has inspired two generations of feminists, multiculturalists and many others who simply want a better America." - George Guida, President of the Italian American Studies Association, Professor of English at The City University of New York
"If it were not for her Italian name, Daniela Gioseffi would be all over the map of American literature for her accomplishments as a poet, essayist, novelist, feminist, Emily Dickinson Scholar and an avant-garde heroine for justice among her peers. Her prose writings are emblematic of her commitment to aesthetic ideals and her resistance to oppression and stereotyping of her Italian American community of authors who struggle against American Chauvinism and prejudiced literary powers. As in the life of the Italian medical student, hanged by Imperial Austria, Gugielmo Oberdan who fought for liberty for Trieste, the honorable ancestor of Angelina Oberdan who wrote the introduction, we find resistance to racism, prejudice, and oppression in Gioseffi's life and writings. The dual concept of Gioseffi/Oberdan, liberating the Italian and Italian-American from stereotyping will not be lost on knowledgeable readers." - Alfredo dePalchi, author of The Scorpion's Dark Dance, editor-in-chief of The Chelsea Literary Review and Chelsea Editions, Ltd.
"Daniela Gioseffi's Blood Autumn Autunno di sangue, in bilingual edition, winner of the John Ciardi Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry, ---underscores the unique role she has played in the Italian American canon and in contemporary poetry. Winner of an American Book Award and a recipient of a NY State Council for the Arts grant, Gioseffi continues to win accolades. The Monserrat Review chose the book among the "Best of Spring Poetry, 2006." .... this bilingual edition ... brings together two traditions that link the deeply personal with the mythic and social in the intensity of lived experience. .... Gioseffi's poetic personae are not only what Emerson called "the world's eye" but also its consciousness, body, and voice. In the vivid compressions of her poetic imagery.... The poet's voice--whether passionate, ironic, or meditative--registers all, connecting the mythic and the daily." - Josephine Gattuso Hendin, in VIA, Professor of English, New York University. Celebrated author The Right Thing to Do.
"Since the 1960s Daniela Gioseffi has been an irrepressible and unforgettable voice in many of the key debates in American culture. i.e with her multicultural compendiums On Prejudice: A Global Perspective and Women on War: An International Anthology of Writings from Antiquity to the Present. Her strong advocacy of women's rights and writing has informed all her work; this advocacy has given a special validity to her work in the fields of civil rights and of anti-war activism no less than in the struggles against mafia stereotypes and for an Italian American literary tradition. PIONEERING ITALIAN AMERICAN LITERATURE displays the depth and range of her commitment and her contribution." - Robert Viscusi , Author of Astoria: A Novel and of the epic poem Ellis Island, President and Founder of The Italian American Writers Association.