Beyond Memory

Italian Protestants in Italy and America

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Dennis Barone
SUNY Series in Italian/American Culture
  • Albany, NY: 
    State University of New York Press
    , September
     130 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Uncovers an overlooked aspect of the Italian American experience.

In Beyond Memory, Dennis Barone uncovers the richness and diversity of the Italian Protestant experience and places it in the context of migration and political and social life in both Italy and the United States. Italian Protestants have received scant attention in the fields of Italian American studies, religious studies, and immigration studies, and through literary sources, church records, manuscript sources, and secondary sources in various fields, Barone introduces such forgotten voices as the Baptist Antonio Mangano, the Methodist Antonio Arrighi, and his great-grandfather Alfredo Barone, a Baptist minister to congregations in Italy and Massachusetts. Examining the complex histories of these and other Italian Protestants, Barone argues that Protestantism ultimately served as a means to negotiate between Old World and New World ways, even as it resulted in the double alienation of rejection by Roman Catholic immigrants and condescension by Anglo-Protestants. Though the book focuses on the years of high immigration (1890–1920), it also looks at precursors to post-reunification Protestants as well as Protestants in Italy today, now that the nation has become a country of in-migration.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Dennis Barone is Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Saint Joseph. He is the author or editor of many books of poetry, prose, and criticism, including Sound/HammerOn the Bus: Selected Stories; and Essays on Italian American Literature and Culture (with Peter Covino).


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