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The IAWA Bibliography of the Italian American Book lists
more than 2,500 works, mostly by Italian Americans, reflecting Italian
American culture, from the earliest works in the 18th century to the present.
It contains works published mostly in the United States, but also in Italy and elsewhere. The Bibliography builds on its
first (and only) publication, (edited by Professor Fred Gardaphé
and James Periconi) in the year 2000 for IAWA's
National Conference on the Italian American Book.
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What has gone before:
This Bibliography recognizes and
applauds the tremendous efforts of past bibliographers, including Cordasco, Schiavo, Velikonja, Gardaphé, Pucelli, Durante and others
(see all our predecessors in the "Bibliography" section).
However, most of these prior such works have concentrated on certain fields -
e.g., Cordasco on social science, Gardaphé and Durante on
literature generally, and Pucelli on poetry. Most
of all, the bibliographic works of the authors just cited all concluded at
some finite point in time, and are now very out of date. This matters,
because despite their increasing distance from the mass migrations of the
late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, contemporary Italian Americans
are publishing in record numbers fiction, poetry, history, sociology and
other works that express or discuss Italian American culture. Moreover,
scholars of Italian Americana are turning up more and more published, older
works in the field that had been long overlooked.
Why this is something new:
Thus, this Bibliography is
intended to be a living, growing, as well as all-inclusive, work. On the
latter point, it was "shocking" to some that we didn't include a
section on books on Italian American cooking, so we are correcting that. And
we will be adding new (or omitted past) works on a regular basis, as they are
published (or uncovered) by scholars. We're also adding the works of
non-Italian Americans who write on Italian America, especially in the social
sciences but also in imaginative literature, an unfortunate omission in the
first printed edition (year 2000) of this work.
To learn more about the genesis of the IAWA Bibliography as originally
published, please see Introduction: A Note on Origin,
Methodology and Purpose.
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1. What's included and what's excluded? For example, in the
"fiction" category, does inclusion in the Bibliography always mean the
work named deals with Italian American themes?
In general, we are trying to be inclusive.
Although a significant percentage of the fictional works do deal with themes
of ethnic consciousness, to one degree or another, by no means do all of them
do so. We believe that the manifestation of such ethnic consciousness is
often a subtle factor in imaginative literature - see Fred Gardaphé's superb Italian Signs, American Streets (under
"criticism and essays") to understand this phenomenon - and thus it
would be a mistake to exclude any imaginative work of an Italian American
On the other hand, in scientific and engineering textbooks and other such
writings, where Italian Americans have published very widely and deeply,
there is no value served to an understanding of the Italian American
experience by listing a scientific or engineering work. This Bibliography, in
short, is not intended to wave the flag of success of Italian Americans as
exceptional writers, so much as it is intended to help Italian Americans and
others understand their rich cultural history.
2. Are any genres of writing excluded?
Besides science and engineering (see FAQ
1, above), we're only beginning to include certain genres, such as cooking,
and to improve the original Bibliography’s attempt at covering
children's and juvenile writing.
3. If I think the Bibliography contains an error in citation, or there has
been an earlier or later publication of a work, do you want the viewer to let
Absolutely. We are resolutely determined
to be both accurate and complete. That being said, please let us know whether
you actually have a copy of the work in your possession and have included and
double-checked all of the pertinent information (see the links to Know a Book
We've Missed? and If You Find Errors.) The editors of this Bibliography will
neither blindly accept nor blindly reject reader suggestions about errors and
4. Can I make a copy of the Bibliography for my files?
You can copy or download the whole
Bibliography, but what would be the point? Your copy will be out of date
within a month or two, as we plan a schedule of regular updating. Under no
circumstance, however, should you present all or part of the Bibliography as
your own work. IAWA and the Bibliographer's editors believe that
"information wants to be free," so we're not selling it, but please
always credit us for the hard work we've done in putting this together. IAWA
reserves the right to take appropriate action if anyone misrepresents a copy
of the work as his or her own, or attempts to sell copies of it to others.
Feel free to use the information you've found however it might be helpful,
short of selling it to others.
Feel free to print out the information you need, based on your search.
However, the program is designed to not print out a
Help / Directions
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We envision users of this Bibliography to be looking
for the following, typically:
1. You have read one work of a particular author, and want to find out (a)
everything else that she or he wrote, and/or (b) every booklength work written about her.
2. You remember all or part of the
title of a work you believe was published by an Italian American writer, but
you don’t remember the writer’s name (or your misspelled entry of
the name under “find” yields no results).
3. You are interested in the history of Italian Americans who live or lived
in a particular city or part of the country, or during a particular period of
history (e.g., the Revolution, Civil War, World War I, etc.), and want to
find out every work written on that topic.
4. You are curious about all the works a particular publisher has published.
5. You want to see what was written during a particular period of time,
irrespective of specific topic, for its reflection of (or influence on) a
particular period of cultural history.
For each of these, the "finding" and "sorting" function
are your keys.
"Finding": This is for items 1(b), 2, 3, above . Look at the bar
line at the top, above the icons:
under “Edit,” you will find "Find". If you click that,
enter in the “Find what:” field the author's last name or the
word or words of the book title you remember in part, or the city about which
you wish to find books.
Note: to find books, by title, only
about particular cities (i.e., to avoid having the program direct you to the
works that were published in that city), be sure to click
“Options” in this same menu; then, under “Search”,
enter the “By Columns” choice for that field. (Then you’ll
get all the book titles – because that column (G) precedes the place of
publication (H) – before you get works that were merely published in
When you find your first work meeting
your criteria, make your notations about the work; and then hit "find
next." One good way to make your own custom list is to open a blank
Excel document. (Go to “Start” at the bottom of your screen, then
“Programs”, and copy the row on which that work appears and paste
the entry into the new document. This is particularly efficient if
you’re looking for all works by a given author – then, you can
copy and paste into your new document both across (rows) and down (columns).
working on how to get a one-page a listing of all such works.
"Sorting" (items 1(a), 4, 5): In the Menu Bar,
under “Data,” you'll find
"sort." Click it; you’ll get a menu asking you to “Sort
insert column A (author’s last name) or whatever Column you want to
sort (e.g., H for City of publication).
Note that you can sort within a sort, e.g., if you want to know all books
published in New York within a certain period of time, enter Column H in the
menu under “Sort by”; then, under “Then by,” put in
Column J (year of publication) and hit OK. Then, scan the list til you find the place of publication, and you’ll
see the dates of publication in that city sorted chronologically, starting
with the earliest books (if you hit the “ascending” button in the
sort menu), or with the newest works (if you his “descending”).
Find an error?
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The same procedure applies here: send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, but please
be as complete as possible in the information you provide, including source,
availability of a copy of the work to verify the error.
Recognize that quite a few of the works have had second or subsequent lives -
that is, they have been republished by different publishers, so our
information may not be in error, but rather an earlier or later publication.
We are constantly expanding the number of works in the Bibliography that have
had simultaneous or subsequent publication in either this country or in Italy
or England. This is part of the fun of a Bibliography!
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If the answer to your general question is not in FAQs, above, don't hesitate to send general or
specific questions to email@example.com.
We'll try to answer within a week, but we ask you to be patient, as this is
strictly a volunteer effort by us.
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Know a book we missed?
Send us an e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org - if you
think we've missed a work. Please be complete in your citation: the
author's first and last name, the full title of a work, the publisher, its
city and year of publication, and tell us whether you actually have or had a
copy of the work in your possession, or whether you have a citation to the
work in a publication or website, as we may need to verify the accuracy
of your information. Please don't send us second-hand or vague information,
as we don't have time to hunt down a possible work.