This work offers scholars of immigration history to embellish understandings of Italian immigration prior to the mass migrations of 1880-1920, allowing revision regarding this earlier Italian-American culture. It is also of importance to scholars of 19th century American literature, to scholars of the Italian novel, and to those interested in the influence of Italian writing on other national literatures, given Rocchietti's interesting imitation of the important novel by Foscolo, Le ultime lettere di Jacopo Ortis, and other writers of the Romantic period. Finally it provides useful information about the early 19th century to scholars of literature, history and cultural studies.
Carol Bonomo Albright is editor of Italian Americana, an historical and cultural journal published at the University of Rhode Island/ Providence. She is Vice-President of the American Italian Historical Association and teaches an Italian-American Studies course at Harvard University Extension School. Elvira G. Di Fabio directs the Italian language program in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University and is the Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies in Romance Languages and Literatures.
I. Introduction; II. Lorenzo and Oonalaska by J. Rocchietti; III. "Why a National Literature Cannot Flourish in the United States of North America" by J. Rocchietti; IV. Selected Bibliography