By John Gennari
In Flavor and Soul, John Gennari spotlights this affinity, calling it “the edge”—now tender, occasionally serrated—between Italian American and African American tradition. He argues that the sting is an area of mutual emulation and suspicion, a joyous cultural assembly occasionally darkened through violent collision. via experiences of track and sound, movie and media, activities and foodways, Gennari indicates how an Afro-Italian sensibility has nourished and vitalized American tradition writ huge, whilst Italian americans and African american citizens have fought one another for city house, attractiveness of overlapping histories of ache and exclusion, and political and private rispetto.
Thus, Flavor and Soul is a cultural touch zone—a piazza the place humans exhibit deep emotions of pleasure and enjoyment, wariness and mistrust, amity and enmity. And it is just at such cultural edges, Gennari argues, that the USA can come to actually comprehend its racial and ethnic dynamics.
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Flavor and Soul: Italian America at Its African American Edge by John Gennari