George de Stefano
Specializes in: Arts, Profiles, Government, Entertainment, Health/Wellness, Ethnic Issues
I am a journalist, author, and critic. My writing has appeared in The Nation, Film Comment, Newsday, Gay City News, PopMatters, I-Italy, La Voce di New York, Rootsworld, The Advocate, Cineaste, In These Times, and The Italian American Review. My first book, An Offer We Can’t Refuse: The Mafia in the Mind of America (Faber and Faber), explores some of my longstanding preoccupations: cultural mythologies and their social impact; ethnic identity and stereotypes; popular culture, especially film, and how such social categories as race, class, sexuality and gender interact in American society. As an arts/culture critic, I write about music (pop, jazz, "world"), books, and film. I am a contributing author to many books, including The Routledge History of the Italian Americans (2017), Our Naked Lives (Bordighera Press, 2013), The Essential Sopranos Reader (University of Kentucky Presses, 2011), and Mafia Movies: A Reader (University of Toronto, 2011). I am currently working on a book about the history of Italians in New Orleans, tentatively titled Gumbo Italiano: How the Sicilians Made New Orleans. I additionally have been a consultant to, and on-camera interviewee, in several documentaries, including the acclaimed PBS four-part series, The Italian Americans (2015). I have presented my research and cultural criticism at conferences in the US and Europe.
Last updated: 10/10/2017 ()