Literary Nonfiction. Italian & Italian American Studies. First published in Italy in 1982 and available to only a handful of scholars in the US, Boelhower's classic study IMMIGRANT AUTOBIOGRAPHY in the United States led the way in identifying a new text-type that helped to reconfigure the rich but culturally narrow tradition of life-writing in the United States. A pioneer text in advocating the recognition and inclusion of multiethnic literatures in the WASP heavy literary canon, IMMIGRANT AUTOBIOGRAPHY helped to enlarge the pantheon of representative American lives. This revised and enlarged edition also includes a new introduction tracing an Italian-American women's autobiographical tradition that compares favorably to that of other ethnic groups.
William Boelhower, Adams Professor emeritus, Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, is currently Visiting Professor in the Department of Linguistic and Comparative Cultural Studies, Ca' Foscari University, Venice. Before teaching Atlantic Studies and Comparative Literature at LSU, he directed North American Literary Studies at the universities of Padua and Trieste, Italy. His books include Atlantic Studies, Prospects and Challenges; editor of New Orleans in the Atlantic World. Between Land and Sea; Through a glass darkly, ethnic semiosis in american literature. Among his many translations are the cultural writings of Antonio Gramsci and Lucien Goldmann's essays on the sociology of literature. He cofounded and coedited the Routlege journal Atlantic Studies and was a cofounder and board member of MESEA (The Society for Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas).Author City: VENICE ITA