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American Literature (2020) 92 (4): 653–680.
Published: 01 December 2020
... response to the Great Migration and used Wright’s informal study of sociology with the Chicago school to animate its project. Native Son , for all of its flaws, first considered how narrative can help explain and unspool the “neutral and egalitarian” guise behind the truly discriminatory urban planning...
American Literature (2021) 93 (1): 148–150.
Published: 01 March 2021
...Barbara Eckstein Taken together these three studies of US urban life a century ago provide a vital narrative of institutions—major newspapers, major parks, major poets, and major and not so major discourses of urban affections—that shaped a being called the American. The scholarship and clarity...
American Literature (2010) 82 (3): 583–610.
Published: 01 September 2010
... Moses’s Committee on Slum Clearance, the Citi- zens’ Housing and Planning Council proposed to Mayor Wagner in 1954 a “radically new approach to urban renewal” that would embrace a “policy of ‘neighborhood conservation’ rather than conventional, cataclysmic urban renewal.”40 Perhaps...
Cosmopolitan Vistas: American Regionalism and Literary Value; At Home in the City: Urban Domesticity in American Literature and Culture, 1850-1930; Literature of Place: Dwelling on the Land before Earth Day 1970; Seeking the Region in American Literature and Culture: Modernity, Dissidence, Innovation
American Literature (2007) 79 (3): 615–618.
Published: 01 September 2007
...Stephanie Foote Duke University Press 2007 Cosmopolitan Vistas: American Regionalism and Literary Value . By Tom Lutz. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell Univ. Press. 2004. vii, 226 pp. Paper, $19.95. At Home in the City: Urban Domesticity in American Literature and Culture, 1850-1930...
American Literature (2001) 73 (2): 277–309.
Published: 01 June 2001
...Jennifer Rae Greeson Duke University Press 2001 Jennifer Rae The ‘‘Mysteries and Miseries’’ of North Carolina: Greeson New York City, Urban Gothic Fiction, and Incidents in the Life of a...
American Literature (2001) 73 (4): 887–888.
Published: 01 December 2001
... according to a single plan, and I suspect that the new volume represents a compromise dictated by expediency, or perhaps a senti- mental reluctance to disturb the form of the original edition. Nonetheless, one is happy to have the new letters to Charmian, Stoddard, Sterling, and others. The book is a...
American Literature (2012) 84 (1): 198–200.
Published: 01 March 2012
... defini- tions of the term underworld. Yet Heise offers no tour of the demimonde; the questionable characters we encounter are agents of “City Practical” (some- times called “City Efficient”) planning, which in Heise’s expanded definition includes not only planners who sought to rationalize urban...
American Literature (2010) 82 (1): 206–208.
Published: 01 March 2010
...Josephine Lee © 2010 by Duke University Press 2010 Culture Makers: Urban Performance and Literature in the 1920s. By Amy Koritz. Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press. 2009. x, 200 pp. $40.00. The Immigrant Scene: Ethnic Amusements in New York, 1880–1920 . By Sabine Haenni...
American Literature (2013) 85 (2): 303–331.
Published: 01 June 2013
... response to industrialization and militarization in the South, but as a sustained novelistic reflection on modes of urban renewal in both the United States and a Europe under reconstruction through the Marshall Plan. By unearthing the bivalent history of US urbanism’s sounds and spaces, Requiem for a Nun...
American Literature (2002) 74 (1): 196–198.
Published: 01 March 2002
... showing the widespread mongrel urban dissent behind a performance culture Lhamon says was circulated by the American minstrel show. Minstrelsy would seem to have a lot to answer for, given its role in seed- ing a U.S. entertainment culture of still unrelieved racist caricature. In a de- cade that...
American Literature (2015) 87 (2): 275–302.
Published: 01 June 2015
... artifacts of a fleeting and promising collaboration, reflecting both artists’ inter- ests in vernacular urban culture and children’s media as well as their relationships with Moses Asch of Folkways Records, for whom the albums were likely planned.2 We cannot know what these recordings would have...
American Literature (2016) 88 (4): 787–814.
Published: 01 December 2016
.... The cultural, ethnic, and class diversity of cities—as well as the vast populations served by urban infrastructure—gave rise to new anxieties about identity, hygiene, and contagion: smells perceived to be “repulsive” could index class and ethnic disparities, failures of urban planning and...
American Literature (2012) 84 (1): 119–149.
Published: 01 March 2012
...Christopher P. Wilson Wilson's essay examines The Great Gatsby 's depiction, displacement, and appropriation of the urban tabloid journalism of its day. By offering a direct look at the rhetorical forms and visual cues of the tabloids surrounding F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel—and in particular the...
American Literature (2009) 81 (4): 805–832.
Published: 01 December 2009
...Kaplan Page Harris One of the foundational scenes of Language poetry was the San Francisco Bay area in the 1970s and early 1980s, specifically the urban concentration of activist poets who—in the face of regressive national politics—curated reading and lecture series, launched independent presses...
American Literature (2013) 85 (2): 273–301.
Published: 01 June 2013
... culture or as reactionary polemics rejecting the impingements of nation, market capitalism, urbanization, or modernity. This essay, instead, reads these fictions in terms of locality and for their articulations of alternative democratic socialities. These socialities, Emerson argues, evidence local...
American Literature (2013) 85 (1): 93–119.
Published: 01 March 2013
... and Hygiene of the National Association for Colored Women, Knadler's essay argues that race leaders recruited a language of health and hygiene to shape, manage, and regulate the class divisions and cultural disorientations of urban migration. But this community epidemiology was also connected to a...
American Literature (2014) 86 (3): 583–610.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Phillip Barrish Robert Herrick’s novel The Web of Life (1900), a self-proclaimed work of literary realism, opens a critical window onto an urban “web” of intersecting practices, institutions, and professional formations at a moment when key dimensions of the US health-care system as we know it...
American Literature (2019) 91 (3): 523–555.
Published: 01 September 2019
... urban, cosmopolitan contemporaries. Nevertheless, by most accounts, DPL seems to have been convinced that a contented tenantry was far more productive than a fearful one and, as such, offered numerous incentives to placate employees. Salsbury stressed that “to hold the labor on the plantations of the...
American Literature (2016) 88 (4): 839–854.
Published: 01 December 2016
... for more Afro-Asian comparisons. In Essay on Urban Planning ( 2013 ), Sammy Baloji depicts the city of Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo from 1910 to the present. The photomontage consists of aerial views of the city juxtaposed with images of dead mosquitos and flies. In 1929, the...
American Literature (2004) 76 (2): 413–421.
Published: 01 June 2004
... American Cities. Ed. Barbara Eckstein and James A. Throgmorton. Cambridge: MIT Press. 2003. viii, 267 pp. Paper, $24.95. Bringing together scholars and practitioners from American studies, history, geography, English, and criminal justice, these essays combine storytelling and urban planning to...