Book Reviews 217 Derounian-Stodola reassures us that the production and the very study of captivity literature indicate hopes of "liberation and renewal" (276). Queen Calafia's Paradise: California and the Italian American Novel. By Kenneth Scambray. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2007. 211 pages, $46.50. Reviewed by Charles Scruggs University of Arizona, Tucson In this excellent study, Scambray argues that his subject is not the Italian American novel but the Italian American novel in California, and therein lies its real distinction. The characters in this fiction negotiate an American identity against a western landscape, and hence the stereotypical portrait of the Italian American as eastern, urban, poor, and criminal has little relevance to a fiction that treats a new kind of immigrant experience. Moreover, this fiction does not express the kind of dystopic view of California as reflected in the works of Nathanael West, Raymond Chandler, or Horace McCoy. Rather, the Italian American novel in California offers its characters an opportunity for renewal and a new perspective upon the definition of an American identity. The journey that they make in this fiction is neither a success story nor a simple linear narrative. Because of the absence of restrictive,
Western American Literature – The Western Literature Association
Published: Aug 13, 2010
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly
Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.
Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.
Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Hi guys, I cannot tell you how much I love this resource. Incredible. I really believe you've hit the nail on the head with this site in regards to solving the research-purchase issue.”Daniel C.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud
“I must say, @deepdyve is a fabulous solution to the independent researcher's problem of #access to #information.”@deepthiw
“My last article couldn't be possible without the platform @deepdyve that makes journal papers cheaper.”@JoseServera