Slumming in New York

Slumming in New York : From the Waterfront to Mythic Harlem

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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 shows how the city's rich and poor, foreign-born and native-born, competed for a voice from such diverse vantage points as the East Side waterfront, the Bowery, the Tenderloin's \u0022black bohemia,\u0022 the Jewish Lower East Side, and mythic Harlem. Investigating a wide range of New York \u0022slumming\u0022 narratives in which mainstream outsiders write about marginalized urban insiders, Robert M. Dowling shows how literary works transformed moral threats into cultural treasures.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 149.86 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 498.95g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252031946
  • 9780252031946

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"Robustly written and thoroughly researched, Dowling's methods invigorate the literary history of New York City narratives."--American Literary Realism "Dowling offers an image of a city divided by urban landscapes and social strictures, but more importantly by a sense of moral difference often manifesting itself through progressivism. . . . Dowling's premises are compelling . . . the text inspire[s] further questioning of the interactions between the center and the periphery, the city and the writer, the scholar and the discourse."--Studies in American Naturalism "Slumming in New York gracefully weaves together reformist tracts, sociological studies, and realist and naturalist fiction at the turn of the last century. It is rigorously interdisciplinary in its literary, historical, and sociological approach to novels, social tracts, ragtime and jazz, minstrel shows, vaudeville and Yiddish theater, and the 'slumming' that took place across the boundaries of race and class in New York City." --Katherine Joslin, author of Jane Addams, a Writer's Lifeshow more

About Robert Dowling

Robert M. Dowling is an assistant professor of English at Central Connecticut State University.show more

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