Closet Italians Nick J. Mileti

ISBN: 9781413461459

Published: October 1st 2004

Hardcover

360 pages


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Closet Italians  by  Nick J. Mileti

Closet Italians by Nick J. Mileti
October 1st 2004 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 360 pages | ISBN: 9781413461459 | 5.28 Mb

There are many reasons Italians have lived with Non-Italian names over the years. Marriage was often the cause- mother, but not father, being Italian was another. The desire to avoid discrimination or achieve social acceptance are just two others.MoreThere are many reasons Italians have lived with Non-Italian names over the years. Marriage was often the cause- mother, but not father, being Italian was another. The desire to avoid discrimination or achieve social acceptance are just two others. Among the most interesting scenarios are the cases of co-opting---which is defined as Taking into a group (for a faction, movement or culture).

To absorb, assimilate, take over, appropriate.A few examples of the fine art of co-opting. The famous `English explorer, John Cabot, was Italian. The greatest `Spanish Dancer of all time, Jose Greco, was Italian. And believe it or not, Iron Eyes Cody, the `American Indian made famous by the classic anti-litter campaign of the seventies (where the single tear ran down his face), was also Italian. These Italians have not only been appropriated, over the years the perpetrators, pursuing their own agendas, have used every shameful device known to man to hide the fact that these superstars are Italian.The French have been the masters at co-opting.

The infamous `French Emperor shown on the cover, Napolean Bonaparte, was Italian. And then there is this incredible trifecta (to use a racetrack term). The quintessential `French song, `La Vie En Rose, was written by an Italian, Luigi Gugliemi, using his French name R. S. Luiguy- the quintessential `French chanteuse, Edith Piaf, who wrote the French lyrics to `La Vie En Rose and made it her signature song, was Italian on her mothers side (Piafs real name was Edith Giovanna Gassion)- and to top it off, Edith Piafs prodigy, and lover, the quintessential `French actor, Yves Montand, was Italian (his real name was Ivo Livi).

There are numerous other examples in the book---the French even co-opted the worlds oldest continuously operating restaurant, which is located in Paris.But one shouldnt get too angry with the French. Part of the fun of CLOSET ITALIANS is that the book helps the world understand the real meaning of the French expression `corriger la fortuna, which means, more or less, `to correct ones circumstances through denial of the past.



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