Italian Folktales in America

Italian Folktales in America

The Verbal Art of An Immigrant Woman

eBook - 1988
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Gathers fairy tales told by Clementina Todesco, an Italian immigrant, offers background information about her life in Italy and America, and explains how and when the tales were told

Wayne State

In 1941, while studying folklore at Wayne University with Professor Emelyn Gardner, Bruna Todesco collected from her mother, Clementina, the twenty-two märchen and legends presented in this book. Bruna, her mother, and her father, John, immigrated to America in 1930 from their native village of Faller in the Veneto region of northern Italy.

Not just made up of the recorded texts, this book is also built on the reminiscences of that storyteller and some of her old neighbors in her birthplace, and is a record by two resourceful fieldworkers of what it takes to study memory culture. The result is a work that greatly enriches our understanding of who told (and tells) märchen to whom, why and how they are told, and, perhaps most important, under what conditions.

Publisher: Detroit : Wayne State University Press, 1988, ©1985. (Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2012)
ISBN: 9780814338360
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxi, 322 pages :) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Raspa, Richard 1940-
Todesco, Clementina


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