The Peasant and the Pen

Men, Enterprise, and the Recovery of Culture in Italian American Narrative

by George Guida (Author)
Monographs XII, 116 Pages
Series: American University Studies , Volume 75


Often portrayed as criminals or amoral opportunists, Italian American men have been among the most misrepresented and misunderstood ethnic groups of the past century. This book provides a deeper understanding of Italian American manhood through careful readings of Italian, Italian American, and other narrative texts. Beginning with an analysis of Giovanni Verga’s late-nineteenth-century Sicilian peasant tales, it follows the journey of Italian American men as depicted in Horatio Alger’s rags-to-riches stories, immigrant autobiographies, John Fante’s realistic novels of first-generation male angst, and Anthony Valerio’s narratives of the struggle for personal and cultural identity in contemporary America.


XII, 116
ISBN (Hardcover)
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Oxford, Wien, 2003. XII, 116 pp.

Biographical notes

George Guida (Author)

The Author: George Guida is Assistant Professor of English at New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York in Brooklyn, New York, and Lecturer in Italian American and Immigration Studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He received his Ph.D. in English from the City University of New York Graduate School. His scholarly articles, essays, short stories, and poems appear in numerous journals and collections.


Title: The Peasant and the Pen