Fred Gardaphe

Contributing Editor, Literature

Fred is Distinguished Professor of English and Italian American Studies at Queens College/CUNY and the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute. He directs the Italian American Studies Program at Queens and formerly directed the programs in Italian American and American studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

He is also Associate Editor of Fra Noi, an Italian American monthly newspaper, editor of the Series in Italian American Studies of SUNY Press, and co-founding-co-editor of Voices in Italian Americana.

Fred was born in Chicago to Fred Gardaphe and Anna Rotolo, and was raised in Melrose Park, Illinois. His grandparents on his mother’s side emigrated from Bari, Italy, and on his father’s side from Canada and Basilicata, Italy. He attended Sacred Heart School, Fenwick College Preparatory (Oak Park, IL) and Triton College (River Grove, IL) where he earned an Associate of Arts degree in 1973. He earned a B.S. degree in Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1976), a Master’s degree in English at the University of Chicago (1982) and his Ph.D. in Literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago (1993).

Fred’s edited books include: New Chicago Stories, Italian American Ways, From the Margin: Writings in Italian Americana and Anti-Italianism: Essays on a Prejudice. He has written two one-act plays: “Vinegar and Oil,” produced by the Italian/American Theatre Company (1987), and “Imported from Italy,” produced by Zebra Crossing Theater (1991). His study, Italian Signs, American Streets: The Evolution of Italian American Narrative, is based on his dissertation which one the Fondazione Giovanni Agnelli/Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs award for 1993 dissertations) and was published by Duke University Press (1996); it was named an Outstanding Academic Book for 1996 by Choice. He has also published Dagoes Read: Tradition and the Italian/American Writer, Moustache Pete is Dead!; Leaving Little Italy: Essaying Italian American Studies. From Wiseguys to Wise Men: Masculinities and the Italian American Gangster, and The Art of Reading Italian Americana (2011). Some of his short stories were translated and published as Importato dall’Italia by L’Idea Press, 2010.

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