English and feminist theory professor Regina Barreca gathers eight Italian-American writers' thoughts on Tony and Carmela Soprano family psychotherapy and more in A Sitdown with the Sopranos: Watching Italian American Culture on TV's Most Talked-About Series. The Italian American experience being spotlighted here is a reflection of all the other versions of itself... The Sopranos is about the human experience about all of us about the struggle to find a safe place she writes in her introduction. The essays that follow from Sandra M. Gilbert's Life with (God)Father to George Anastasia's If Shakespeare Were Alive Today offer intelligent commentary on how the show portrays (or fails to portray) some key components of Italian-American life. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information Inc.
...good reads that examine Tony's character through today's standard therapeutic lenses... --Jeremiah Creedon Utne Reader In its daring intellectuality A Sitdown With the Sopranos is as gripping as the tv show itself. All of the essays are unfailingly strong and the bookÂs shattering of so many dumb and hurtful conceptions about Italian Americans and their culture will alter American consciousness for good and for the good. --Frank Lentricchia Katherine Everett Gilbert Professor of Literature at Duke University and author of Lucchesi and the Whale Look I'm half-Italian. Tony Soprano stands in front of the opened refrigerator dropping sheets of prosciutto into his mouth and I love him like a brother. Then he orders someone whacked and he's about as lovable as Gotti. So I'm all over the place in my response to this show these characters. I hunger to hear from other Italian-Americans on the subject of The Sopranos and I trust Barreca to deliver the goods. Why? Because she knows humor pathos and marinara. --Wally Lamb author of SheÂs Come Undone and I Know This Much is True
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