Slumming in New York

Slumming in New York

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This remarkable exploration of the underbelly of New York City life from 1880 to 1930 takes readers through the city's inexhaustible variety of distinctive neighborhood cultures. Slumming in New York samples a number of New York qslummingq narratives--including Stephen Crane's Bowery tales, Paul Laurence Dunbar's The Sport of the Gods, Hutchins Hapgood's The Spirit of the Ghetto, and Carl Van Vechten's Nigger Heaven--to characterize and examine the relationship between New York writing and the city's cultural environment. Using the methods of ethnicity theory, black studies, regional studies, literary studies, and popular culture, Robert M. Dowling reveals the way in which qoutsiderq authors helped alleviate New York's mounting social anxieties by popularizing qinsiderq voices from neighborhoods as distinctive as the East Side waterfront, the Bowery, the Tenderloin's qblack Bohemia, q the Jewish Lower East Side, and mythic Harlem.For their encouragement and non-native insights, I would first like to thank the faculty of the American Studies graduate program at California State University, Fullerton a€” in particular, John Ibson, Karen Lystra, Allan Axelrad, and Jesse Battan.


Title:Slumming in New York
Author: Robert M. Dowling
Publisher:University of Illinois Press - 2008-12-01
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