A prolific writer in various genres, Dorothy Bryant (1930–2017) has earned a notable place in the literary tradition of Italian American women. Leading scholars including Mary Jo Bona (1999, 2010), Edvige Giunta (2002), and Mary Frances Pipino (2000) have produced excellent criticism exploring Bryant's engagement with ethnic identity—the recovery and re-creation of italianità, family relatedness, cultural trauma, and survival—as well as with gender and feminism, both of which are connected with immigration, ethnicity, and class. The scholarly focus has been on complex representations of Italian American women in Bryant's novels and her early contributions to the ongoing collective literary project of “questioning and redefining, in unexpected and probing ways, traditional representations of Italian American women” (Giunta 2002, 33). The scholarship addresses teaching and learning in Bryant's writing insofar as it relates to these subjects. In this article, I shift the focus...
Interrogating the Myths of Education: Dorothy Bryant's Ella Price's Journal and Miss Giardino
CHRISTA BAIADA is an associate professor of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY, where she teaches composition and American literature courses, including Italian American literature. Her scholarship can be found in journals including Critique, Asian American Literature: Discourses and Pedagogy, and Journal of Men's Studies. She lives in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, with her husband and daughters.
Christa Baiada; Interrogating the Myths of Education: Dorothy Bryant's Ella Price's Journal and Miss Giardino. Italian American Review 1 January 2023; 13 (1): 13–30. doi: https://doi.org/10.5406/26902451.13.1.02
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