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Fred Gardaphe

Born: Chicago, Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: 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.

Biography: 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.

  • Grants from Illinois Humanities Council, American Italian Historical Association.

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Fred Gardaphe on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Dagoes read :
ISBN: 1550710311 OCLC: 36138212

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.

From wiseguys to wise men :
ISBN: 0415946484 OCLC: 63660059

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.

Leaving little Italy :
ISBN: 0791459179 OCLC: 56408573

State University of New York Press, Albany : 2004.