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Authors

Chris Ruggiero

Orginal Publication Date

1986

Journal Title

Explorations in Ethnic Studies

Volume

9

Issue

ees/vol9/iss1

First Page

27

Last Page

36

Abstract

In the last twenty years there have been a number of historical and sociocultural studies of Italian Americans. Few, however, have seriously addressed the female experience in the Italian American culture.[1] Indeed, Italian American literature is so deeply immersed in a masculinist view of the Italian American culture that a female corrective to this asymmetry is not enough. Upon critically reviewing the literature, the necessity for a feminist perspective becomes obvious. Consequently, the purpose of this article is two-fold: 1 ) to expose some of the mythology which surrounds the image of Italian American women; and 2) to suggest a feminist framework within which future studies of Italian American women may take place.

Rights

Copyright, ​©EES, The National Association for Ethnic Studies, 1986

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