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Urban Underworlds
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. An Overview and an Underview: Uneven Development and the Social Production of American Underworlds
  2. pp. 1-29
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  1. 1. Going Down: Narratives of Slumming in the Ethnic Underworlds of Lower New York, 1890s–1910s
  2. pp. 30-76
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  1. 2. Degenerate Sex and the City: The Underworlds of New York and Paris in the Work of Djuna Barnes and Claude McKay, 1910s–1930s
  2. pp. 77-126
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  1. 3. The Black Underground: Urban Riots, the Black Underclass, and the Work of Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison, 1940s–1950s
  2. pp. 127-168
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  1. 4. Wasted Dreams: John Rechy, Thomas Pynchon, and the Underworlds of Los Angeles, 1960s
  2. pp. 169-212
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  1. 5. White Spaces and Urban Ruins: Postmodern Geographies in Don DeLillo’s Underworld, 1950s–1990s
  2. pp. 213-254
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 255-276
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 277-292
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  1. About the Author
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