Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar


FYS Section A12. Italian Americans

During the great migration of 1880-1920, over 4 million Italians came to the U.S. Where did these immigrants come from? What propelled them to leave Italy? What relationship did they maintain with their language and their country of origin? Over the following decades, what cultural, political and intergenerational challenges did Italian Americans face in the U.S.? This course examines Italian-American experiences through an analysis of literary texts and film, and discussion of sociological, historical and linguistic phenomena.

Tommasina GabrieleTommasina Gabriele
Professor of Italian Studies