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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Fred Gardaphe  

Pen Name: None


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 Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Leaving Little Italy: Essaying Italian American Culture (SUNY series in Italian/American Culture)
ISBN: 0791459187

SUNY Press. 2003

Provides an overview of the past, present, and future of Italian American culture.

From Wiseguys to Wise Men: The Gangster and Italian American Masculinities
ISBN: 0415946484

Routledge. 2006

The gangster, in the hands of the Italian American artist, becomes a 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.

From Wiseguys to Wise Men studies the figure of the gangster and explores its social function in the construction and projection of masculinity in the United States. By looking at the cultural icon of the gangster through the lens of gender, this book presents new insights into material that has been part of American culture for close to 100 years.

Dagoes Read (Essay Series 25)
ISBN: 1550710311

Guernica Editions. 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. Introduced by an essay from which the collection gets its title, Dagoes Read is the first publication of its kind in the history of Italian/North American literature. It serves as a fine introduction to this literary movement as well as a survey of recent publications by Italian/North Americans. Works reviewed include those by Tony Ardiaone, Dorothy Bryant, Pietro di Donato, John Fante, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Frank Lentricchia, Jay Parini, Diane Raptosh, Gay Talese, Sal LaPuma, and many others.

Food in Multi-Ethnic Literatures (Special Issue of MELUS, Winter 2007, Volume 32, Number 4)
ISBN: B002H1V81U

Society for Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the US. 2007


Grants from Illinois Humanities Council, American Italian Historical Association.

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