The gangster, in the hands of the Italian American artist, becomes a telling figure in the tale of American race, gender, and ethnicity - a figure that reflects the autobiography of an immigrant group just as it reflects the fantasy of a native population.

From Wiseguys to Wise Men studies the figure of the gangster and explores its social function in the construction and projection of masculinity in the United States. By looking at the cultural icon of the gangster through the lens of gender, this book presents new insights into material that has been part of American culture for close to 100 years.

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Part I: Romancing the Gangster

chapter 1|18 pages

Origins of an Archetype

chapter 2|22 pages

The Gangster as Culture Hero: Mario Puzo and

ByFrancis Ford Coppola

part |2 pages

Part II: Realizing the Gangster

chapter 3|22 pages

The Truth about Gangsters: Gay Talese and Ben


chapter 4|20 pages

Rough Boys: The Gangsters of Martin Scorsese and

ByMichael Cimino

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Part III: Reinventing the Gangster

chapter 7|20 pages

The Gangster as Public Intellectual

ByAnthony Valerio and Don DeLillo

chapter 8|20 pages

Fresh Garbage: The Gangster as Today’s Trickster

By— David Chase and Tony Ardizzone

part |2 pages

Part IV: Looking for a Few New Men