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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Fred Gardaphe  

Pen Name: None

Genre:

Audience: Adult;

Born: Chicago, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

Was born in Chicago, IL and raised in Melrose Park, IL. He attended Triton College in River Grove, where he earned an Associate of Arts degree.

Biographical and Professional Information

He is a Professor of American Studies and Director of the Italian American Studies Program at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York. He earned his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master's Degree in English at the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D in Literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He taught writing, literature and courses in Italian/American film and literature at Columbia College.


Published Works

  • Leaving Little Italy, Essaying Italian American Culture, Suny Press, 2003
  • From Wiseguys to Wisemen, Routledge, 1st Edition, 2006
  • Dagoes Read, Guernical Editions, Inc., 1996
  • Food in Multi-Ethnic Literatures'' Society for Study of Multi-Ethnic Litearture for U.S., 2007


Selected Titles At Your Library

Leaving little Italy :
ISBN: 0791459187. OCLC Number:

State University of New York Press,. Albany :. 2004.

From wiseguys to wise men :
ISBN: 0415946484. OCLC Number:

Routledge,. New York :. 2006.

As the real American gangsters of yesterday recede into the history books, their iconic figures loom larger than ever. From Wiseguys to Wise Men studies the cultural figure of the gangster, and explores its social function in the construction and projection of masculinity in the United States. Gardaphe shows how the gangster can be seen as a 'trickster' figure. The trickster figure exists in many cultures and serves as a model of improper behavior. The gangster has served as that figure in American culture by showing what is and is not authentically American. It is not American to speak a language other than English. It is not American to use violence to secure business deals. It is not American to have both a mistress and a wife and family. However, in the hands of Italian-American artists, the gangster becomes a more telling figure in the tale of American race, gender, and ethnicity-a figure that reflects the autobiography of an immigrant group just as it reflects the fantasy of a native population.

Dagoes read :
ISBN: 1550710311. OCLC Number:

Guernica,. Toronto ;. ©1996.

Since 1987, writer and critic Fred Gardaphe has regularly reviewed Italian/North American literature in Fra Noi, an Italian/American monthly newspaper based in Chicago. This volume features the best of 'Parole scritte', his monthly columns.


Awards

Grants from Illinois Humanities Council, American Italian Historical Association.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)