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Urban underworlds : a geography of twentieth-century American literature and culture / Thomas Heise.

By: Heise, Thomas, 1971-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks; American literatures initiative.Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2011Description: 1 online resource (xi, 292 p.) : ill.ISBN: 9780813549811 (electronic bk.); 0813549817 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism | Social classes in literature | Literature and society -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Group identity in literature | Difference (Psychology) in literature | Place (Philosophy) in literatureAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Urban Underworlds : A Geography of Twentieth-century American Literature and CultureDDC classification: 810.9/355 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Acknowledgments -- Introduction. An overview and an underview : uneven development and the social production of American underworlds -- Going down : narratives of slumming in the ethnic underworlds of lower New York, 1890s-1910s -- Degenerate "Sex and the City" : the underworlds of New York and Paris in the work of Djuna Barnes and Claude McKay, 1910s-1930s -- The black underground : urban riots, the black underclass, and the work of Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison, 1940s-1950s -- Wasted dreams : John Rechy, Thomas Pynchon, and the underworlds of Los Angeles, 1960s -- White spaces and urban ruins : postmodern geographies in Don DeLillo's underworld, 1950s-1990s.
Summary: Urban Underworlds is an exploration of city spaces, pathologized identities, lurid fears, and American literature. Surveying one hundred years of history, and fusing sociology, urban planning, and criminology with literary and cultural studies, it chronicles how and why marginalized populations-immigrant Americans in the Lower East Side, gays and lesbians in Greenwich Village and downtown Los Angeles, the black underclass in Harlem and Chicago, and the new urban poor dispersed across American cities-have been selectively targeted as "urban underworlds" and their neighborhoods.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Acknowledgments -- Introduction. An overview and an underview : uneven development and the social production of American underworlds -- Going down : narratives of slumming in the ethnic underworlds of lower New York, 1890s-1910s -- Degenerate "Sex and the City" : the underworlds of New York and Paris in the work of Djuna Barnes and Claude McKay, 1910s-1930s -- The black underground : urban riots, the black underclass, and the work of Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison, 1940s-1950s -- Wasted dreams : John Rechy, Thomas Pynchon, and the underworlds of Los Angeles, 1960s -- White spaces and urban ruins : postmodern geographies in Don DeLillo's underworld, 1950s-1990s.

Urban Underworlds is an exploration of city spaces, pathologized identities, lurid fears, and American literature. Surveying one hundred years of history, and fusing sociology, urban planning, and criminology with literary and cultural studies, it chronicles how and why marginalized populations-immigrant Americans in the Lower East Side, gays and lesbians in Greenwich Village and downtown Los Angeles, the black underclass in Harlem and Chicago, and the new urban poor dispersed across American cities-have been selectively targeted as "urban underworlds" and their neighborhoods.

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THOMAS HEISE is an assistant professor of English at McGill University and the author of Horror Vacui: Poems.

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