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Talking Folklore

Joey Skee (May 05, 2011)
Over the next several months, I will be presenting the book Italian Folk in venues throughout the New York metropolitan area.

This year, Fordham University Press published the anthology Italian Folk: Vernacular Culture in Italian-American Lives. The book, which I edited as part of the new series "Critical Studies in Italian America," explores local knowledge and aesthetic practices, often marked as “folklore,” as sources for creativity and meaning in Italian-American lives. Sunday dinners, basement kitchens, backyard gardens, accordion music, Sicilian oral poetry, a Columbus Day parade, and neo-stregheria (witchcraft) are some of the dynamic, hybrid cultural forms discussed in the book.