The Resource Crossing Ocean Parkway : readings by an Italian American daughter, Marianna De Marco Torgovnick

Crossing Ocean Parkway : readings by an Italian American daughter, Marianna De Marco Torgovnick

Label
Crossing Ocean Parkway : readings by an Italian American daughter
Title
Crossing Ocean Parkway
Title remainder
readings by an Italian American daughter
Statement of responsibility
Marianna De Marco Torgovnick
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Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Growing up as an Italian American in Bensonhurst, Marianna De Marco longed for college, culture, and upward mobility. Her daydreams circled around WASP 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
  • At the start, Torgovnick goes home to Bensonhurst soon after the shocking racial murder of Yusuf Hawkins. The first essay describes life in "the neighborhood" as viewed from the present, with clarity, empathy, and tough critique. The title essay, "Crossing Ocean Parkway," revisits the famous Brooklyn thoroughfare as a symbol of culture that gradually lost its luster
  • Another essay charts her arrival as a new Ph. D. in a small New England college town, where she faced the painful imperatives of class, power, and privilege. Amid the careful manners and stifling complacency of the college, she suffered the death of her first child; her moving account of this death ends part one
  • . In the book's second section, Torgovnick interweaves autobiographical moments 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
  • Called back to Bensonhurst by the illness and death of her father, Torgovnick concludes with a homecoming epilogue. The desire to be like others gives way to her recognition that likeness is never complete; Torgovnick knows she will always be crossing Ocean Parkway
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1949-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Torgovnick, Marianna
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS153.I8
LC item number
T67 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Torgovnick, Marianna
  • Torgovnick, Marianna
  • American literature
  • Italian Americans
  • American literature
  • Italian Americans
  • Italian American women
  • Italian Americans in literature
  • American literature
  • American literature
  • Italian American women
  • Italian Americans in literature
  • Italian Americans
  • Italian Americans
  • Manners and customs
  • Italienerin
  • Erlebnisbericht
  • Bensonhurst (New York, N.Y.)
  • New York (State)
  • New York (State)
  • New York (N.Y.)
Label
Crossing Ocean Parkway : readings by an Italian American daughter, Marianna De Marco Torgovnick
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
On being white, female, and born in Bensonhurst -- Crossing Ocean Parkway -- Slasher stories -- Slasher stories -- The college way -- Dr. Doolittle and the acquisitive life -- The Paglia principle -- The Godfather and the world's most typical novel -- The politics of the "We" -- Epilogue -- Acknowledgements -- Note on the author
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 177 pages
Isbn
9780226808291
Lccn
94014355
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)30109900
  • (OCoLC)ocm30109900
Label
Crossing Ocean Parkway : readings by an Italian American daughter, Marianna De Marco Torgovnick
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
On being white, female, and born in Bensonhurst -- Crossing Ocean Parkway -- Slasher stories -- Slasher stories -- The college way -- Dr. Doolittle and the acquisitive life -- The Paglia principle -- The Godfather and the world's most typical novel -- The politics of the "We" -- Epilogue -- Acknowledgements -- Note on the author
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 177 pages
Isbn
9780226808291
Lccn
94014355
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)30109900
  • (OCoLC)ocm30109900

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