Urban Underworlds

A geography of twentieth-century American literature and culture

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Abstract

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 characterized as miasmas of disease and moral ruin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherRutgers University Press
Number of pages292
ISBN (Print)9780813547848
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

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American Culture
Geography
American Literature
Underworld
Literary Studies
History
Surveying
Immigrants
Urban Planning
Lesbian
Lower East Side
Sociology
Harlem
Cultural Studies
Ruin
Criminology
Chronicles
Greenwich Village

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  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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