Italy in the American Imagination (Italian and Italian American Studies) (Hardcover)

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It is almost impossible to imagine the United States without making reference to Italy. There is scarcely any aspect of American culture untouched by Italy--its history, art, architecture, fashion, film, music, the mafia, or even more viscerally its food. Italy occupies a space of near mythical proportion in the American imagination. When many Americans think of, or dream about and imagine, the good life, how and where they would like to live, they think most often of Italy; the beauty, the life-style, the romance, the excitement and sense of adventure that Italy offers.
By looking at the fluid and multi-dimensional imaginative interactions Americans have with Italian culture and society, this comprehensive and robust volume offers a new and novel way of exploring the influence of Italy upon the United States. University of New South Wales historian Ian James Bickerton argues that if we wish to understand the United States, and how Americans define themselves and their nation, it is vital to examine how they imagine themselves, and he demonstrates that throughout U.S. history one of the most powerful stimulants shaping the imaginary world of Americans has been Italy.

About the Author

Ian J. Bickerton has taught in the School of History at the University of New South Wales since 1968. His recent publications include John F. Kennedy, A Reference Guide to his Life and Times (2019), A History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (9th. ed. 2022), The Struggle for Peace in the Middle East (2015), The Arab-Israeli Conflict: a Guide for the Perplexed (2012), The Illusion of Victory; The True Cost of War (2011), and Unintended Consequences: The United States at War (2009).

Product Details
ISBN: 9783031364204
ISBN-10: 3031364201
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: October 5th, 2023
Pages: 329
Language: English
Series: Italian and Italian American Studies