Lucy Mancinithe: New Woman

Carol Bonomo Jennngs and Christine Palamidessi Moore

in American Woman, Italian Style

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780823231751
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241286 | DOI:
Lucy Mancinithe: New Woman

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Lucy Mancini, “thoroughly Americanized by three years of college,” achieves freedom, though she must first, in fairy-tale fashion, rid herself of the bodily defect, a pelvic malformation, that presumably issues from the genes of her Sicilian family, and that functions as a metaphor for her transit from Sonny's puttana (whore) to a Jewish doctor's wife. The exception to the vita matrimoniale italiana (marriage Italian-style) is Lucy Mancini, who not surprisingly crosses cultural borders to marry Jules Segal. Lucy Mancini's affair with and subsequent marriage to Dr. Jules Segal unites the Italians and Jews in the city of the future, Las Vegas.

Keywords: Lucy Mancini; puttana; marriage; Italians; Jews; Jules Segal; Las Vegas

Chapter.  1428 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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