Che Bella Figura!

Che Bella Figura!

The Power of Performance in An Italian Ladies' Club in Chicago

eBook - 1999
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Univ of New York Press
A colorful ethnography of an Italian ladies' club, this book explores the historical and linguistic importance of the women's language and behavior.

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Fare bella figura (literally, "to make a beautiful figure") refers to the act of putting on a good show. In this ethnographic dissertation study, Nardini (English and managerial communications, U. of Illinois-Chicago) deciphers the implicit rules of an Italian women's cultural club; the historical and linguistic roots of this social persona concept; and the potential for cross-cultural misunderstanding, to which the author readily admits guilt. In the course of her participant observer study, she also grapples with the cultural accents of feminism. Appends an annotated club meeting transcript. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, ©1999
ISBN: 9780585075365
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 164 pages) : illustrations, map


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