"Italian Identity"is the set of values and beliefs performed daily, that are markers of what it is to be "Italian,"whether those carrying those beliefs live in Italy or not. The latter point became evident in the United States following the vast wave of Italian immigration during the late-19th and early-20th centuries. Italian identity has been greatly influenced by Catholicism and its centering of values and beliefs on the family, heavily defined Italian life in America. One principal mode for constructing and disseminating these values and beliefs among Italian Americans was through the theatre. This thesis provides a close reading of two plays, Gemini (1976) and A View from the Bridge (1955) to demonstrate how, well into the twentieth century, theatre continued both to reflect and reify an Italian identity among Italian Americans. The discussion will focus on Italian Identity in terms of gender roles and expectations, Godfatherhood, and the twin values of Honor and Respect.
College and Department
Fine Arts and Communications; Theatre and Media Arts
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Moser, Angela Dicarolo, "Performing Italian Identity: Through the Plays Gemini and A View from the Bridge" (2022). Theses and Dissertations. 9410.
Italian, Identity, theater, performance