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The Virtues of the Vicious : Jacob Riis, Stephen Crane and the Spectacle of the Slum

By: Gandal, Keith.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1997Description: 1 online resource (217 p.).ISBN: 9781602561632.Subject(s): American prose literature | American prose literature - 19th century - History and criticism | City and town life in literature | Didactic literature, American | Slums | Slums in literature | Social ethics in literature | Spectacular, TheGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Virtues of the Vicious : Jacob Riis, Stephen Crane and the Spectacle of the SlumDDC classification: 307.7640973 | 813.4 | 813.4 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents; Introduction; 1 Riis and Charity Writing; 2 Crane and Slum Fiction; 3 The Touristic Ethic and Photography; 4 "In Search of Excitement": The Ethics of Entertainment; 5 Self-Esteem and the Tough; 6 Psychological Moralities of the Slum; Afterword; Notes; References; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y
Summary: In this study, the author demonstrates how, in the last decade of the 19th century, the slum became a source of spectacle as never before - in newspapers, photographs and literature. With close readings of texts by Crane and Riis, he argues that this amounted to a revolution of ethics.
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Contents; Introduction; 1 Riis and Charity Writing; 2 Crane and Slum Fiction; 3 The Touristic Ethic and Photography; 4 "In Search of Excitement": The Ethics of Entertainment; 5 Self-Esteem and the Tough; 6 Psychological Moralities of the Slum; Afterword; Notes; References; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y

In this study, the author demonstrates how, in the last decade of the 19th century, the slum became a source of spectacle as never before - in newspapers, photographs and literature. With close readings of texts by Crane and Riis, he argues that this amounted to a revolution of ethics.

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This study of late-19th-century representations of ethnic tenement dwellers places the photographs and text of Jacob Riis's How the Other Half Lives (1890) and Stephen Crane's stories in the context of charity writing and slum fiction of the period. Gandal (Mount Saint Mary's College) shows how the work of Riis and Crane challenged traditional "Protestant morality" and ethical standards. He locates in their books a shift on the presentation of slum life from an object of moral reform to an aesthetic spectacle. Gandal argues that, along with the cults of war and the West, the slums became a locus for "experience" to middle-class Americans who perceived themselves as becoming effeminate and decadent. He has suggestive things to say about the misogyny and psychological model of character that emerged from this tension. Finally, he traces the impact of Riis's and Crane's ideas on later Beat and bohemian writers, as well as on contemporary forms (such as rap music) that portray slum culture as an alternative to middle-class values. An excellent book that should be welcomed by anyone interested in modern American thought. Undergraduates; graduates; researchers; faculty. T. P. Riggio University of Connecticut

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