Sunday, April 9, 2017

Journals of Greek American Studies, Just for the record.


I have been following with interest the ways in which historians, folklorists, cultural studies and Italian American studies scholars engage with "Contours of White Ethnicity: Popular Ethnography and the Making of Usable Pasts in Greek America" (Ohio University Press, 2009) as a work that contributes to the redirection of American ethnic historiography, ethnic whiteness,
as well as popular culture and folklore studies.

Here is an indicative sample, by no means exhaustive:

David Roediger's, "The Racial Turn in Ethnic History." Journal of American Ethnic History, 2017.

Stefano Luconi's "Black dagoes? Italian immigrants’ racial status in the United States: an ecological view," Journal of Transatlantic Studies Volume 14, 2016 - Issue 2: Blurring Boundaries: Race and Transatlantic Identities in Culture and Society. pp. 188-199

Joseph Sciorra's "Reimagining white ethicity, a conversation," http://www.iitaly.org/magazine/focus/life-people/article/reimagining-white-ethnicity-conversation-joseph-sciorra

John Gennari's, Flavor and Soul: Italian America at Its African American Edge, The U of Chicago Press, 2017, p. 253.

Multiple entries on European Americans and Whiteness studies, in Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia, edited by Carlos E. Cortés. Sage, 2013.

Roundtable review of Contours of White Ethnicity, Italian American Review Vol. 3.(1): 2013.

Daniel S. Margolies's "Ethnographic and Folkoristic Study of Popular Culture," in A Companion to Popular Culture, edited by Gary Burns. Wiley Blackwell, 2016.

Given this interest that Contours has been generating outside Greek American studies, I cannot possibly not note the following silence: With the exception of the Journal of Modern Greek Studies no Greek American studies journal showed any interest in reviewing Contours. The book was ignored. Taking note of this historical omission. Just for the record.



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