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From Italian American Icon to Working Class Hero: Perspectives on Pietro di Donato's "Christ in Concrete"
by Stefania, Silvia, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2017, 84; 10261046
Abstract (Summary)

Starting from a close analysis of Christ in Concrete by Italian American author Pietro di Donato, my thesis focuses primarily on di Donato’s perspective on the main character of his story, Geremio and on Edward Dmytry’s interpretation of the latter in his 1949 filmic adaptation of the novel. My aim is to demonstrate how di Donato’s personal involvement in the story makes the character of Geremio an Italian American literary icon, while Dmytryk’s interest with the political meaning of the story transforms the main character into a working class hero. After an analysis mainly focused on a male character, author and director, the last part of my thesis will instead be devoted to two Italian American literary figures, Pietro di Donato’s Annunziata and Helen Barolini’s Umbertina, in order to examine the Italian American experience through the female lens.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Donato, Clorinda
Commitee: Ceia, Laura, Vettore, Enrico
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cinematography, American literature, Film studies
Keywords: American cinema, American literature, Culture, Donato, Pietro di, Italian-American
Publication Number: 10261046
ISBN: 978-1-369-69840-4
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