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Crossing Ocean Parkway

ISBN-10: 0226808300

ISBN-13: 9780226808307

Edition: N/A

Authors: Marianna de Marco Torgovnick

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Growing up an Italian-American in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of New York city, Marianna De Marco longed for college, culture, and upward mobility. Her daydreams circled around WASP (White Anglo Saxon Protestant) heroes on television--like Robin Hood and the Cartwright family--but in Brooklyn she never encountered any. So she associated moving up with Ocean Parkway, a street that divides the working-class Italian neighborhood where she was born from the middle-class Jewish neighborhood into which she married. This book is Torgovnick's unflinching account of crossing cultural boundaries in American life, of what it means to be an Italian American woman who became a scholar and literary critic. Included are autobiographical moments interwoven with engrossing interpretations of American cultural icons from Dr. Dolittle to Lionel Trilling, The Godfather to Camille Paglia. Her experiences allow her to probe the cultural tensions in America caused by competing ideas of individuality and community, upward mobility and ethnic loyalty, acquisitiveness and spirituality.
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Book details

List price: $24.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 1/15/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 187
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Preface
Crossing Ocean Parkway
On Being White, Female, and Born in Bensonhurst
Crossing Ocean Parkway
Slasher Stories
The College Way
Readings by an Italian American Daughter
Dr. Dolittle and the Acquisitive Life
The Paglia Principle
The Godfather as the World's Most Typical Novel
The Politics of the "We"
Epilogue