Marianna torgovnick writes on the novel and novel theory film postcolonialism modernism and the twentieth century more generally and especially on contemporary american culture her work is broadly interdisciplinary and has been taught in art history anthropology and religion courses as well as english literature and theory. A powerful book crossing ocean parkway offers a critical theory of italian american experience through the immensely readable informaland lyrical genre of the memoir reading marianna torgovnicks prose is like sitting in an armchair listening to an old friend. Growing up an italian american in the bensonhurst neighborhood of new york city marianna de marco longed for college culture and upward mobility her daydreams circled around wasp white anglo saxon protestant heroes on television like robin hood and the cartwright family but in brooklyn she . The book crossing ocean parkway marianna de marco torgovnick is published by university of chicago press 9780226808307 published january 1997 cloth 2500 readings by an italian american daughter 5 dr dolittle and the acquisitive life 75 6 the paglia principle 91 . This book is torgovnicks unflinching account of crossing cultural boundaries in american life of what it means to be an italian american woman who became a scholar and literary critic included are autobiographical moments interwoven with engrossing interpretations of american cultural icons from dr dolittle to lionel trilling the godfather
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