The Madonna of 115th Street; Faith and Community in Italian Harlem, 1880-1950, Third Edition

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 9/28/2010
  • Publisher: Yale University Press

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In a masterful evocation of Italian Harlem and the men and women who lived there, Robert A. Orsi examines how the annual festa of the Madonna of 115th Street both influenced and reflected the lives of the celebrants. His prize-winning book offers a new perspective on lived religion; the place of religion in the everyday lives of men, women, and children; the experiences of immigration and community formation; and American Catholicism. In a new preface, Orsi discusses significant shifts in the field of religious history and calls for new ways of studying divine presences in human life. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Robert A. Orsi is Professor of Religion, Northwestern University, and author of Thank You, St. Jude.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Third Editionp. ix
Introduction to the Second Editionp. xxvii
Introduction: Popular Religion and Italian Harlemp. lvii
The Days and Nights of the Festap. 1
Italian Harlemp. 14
The Origins of the Devotion to Mount Carmel in Italian Harlemp. 50
The Domus-Centered Societyp. 75
Conflicts in the Domusp. 107
Conflictp. 109
Women in Italian Harlemp. 129
Toward an Inner History of Immigrationp. 150
The Meanings of the Devotion to the Madonna of 115th Streetp. 163
The Devotion and the Community of Immigrantsp. 163
The Devotion and the People's Faithfulness to Italy and Southern Italian Traditionsp. 168
The Devotion and the Domusp. 171
The Shaping of Cora Harlemp. 178
The Community Reveals Itself to Itselfp. 186
The Devotion and the Larger Collectivities of the City and Nationp. 188
Successp. 191
Healing and the Sense World of the Festap. 193
The Italian Way of Being Humanp. 195
The Festa and the World of Workp. 197
From Suffering to Sacrificep. 202
Women and the Devotion to the Madonna of 115th Streetp. 204
Powerp. 217
The Theology of the Streetsp. 219
A Note on Abbreviationsp. 233
Notesp. 235
Selected Bibliographyp. 271
Indexp. 283
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