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Slumming in New York: From the Waterfront to Mythic Harlem Hardcover – July 27, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0252031946 ISBN-10: 0252031946

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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press (July 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252031946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252031946
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,241,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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 Life

"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


"Robustly written and thoroughly researched, Dowling's methods invigorate the literary history of New York City narratives."--American Literary Realism

About the Author

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

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ROBERT M. DOWLING is professor of English at Central Connecticut State University. He is the author of Slumming in New York: From the Waterfront to Mythic Harlem (2007) and author and editor of the two-volume Critical Companion to Eugene O'Neill: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work (2009). His latest projects include a folio for the online journal Drunken Boat, "Celtic Twilight: 21st-Century Irish Americans on Eugene O'Neill" (2010); an anthology, Eugene O'Neill and His Contemporaries: Bohemians, Radicals, Progressives, and the Avant Garde (2011), co-edited with Eileen Herrmann; and a compendium of O'Neill's opening night reviews, co-edited with Jackson R. Bryer, published by Cambridge University Press. His biography, Eugene O'Neill: A Life in Four Acts, is published by Yale University Press (2014). Dowling serves on the editorial board of The Eugene O'Neill Review and the board of directors of the Eugene O'Neill Society.

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By Dr.Strangeballz on August 16, 2008
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SLUMMING IN NEW YORK is a history of the streets when they were leaner and meaner than ever. With the guiding hand of the author's "outsider" perspective we get an "insider"'s look at the Jewish ghettos of the Lower East Side at the turn of the last century; the Bowery and it's plethora of Irish "undesirables," loathsome to the morally upright uptown Victorians who tried to infuse "morality" into the waterfront; The Black Bohemia of the Tenderloin where ragtime was born, a crucible of culture and an initial point of arrival for the black diaspora that occurred after the Civil War; The Harlem Renaissance, an era so rich with great writers, artists, and personalities it ranks comparably to the Paris of the same era. A colorful and comprehensive exploration of the city's early struggles for identity, SLUMMING IN NEW YORK is a compelling and satisfying way to get your hands dirty without ever leaving the house.
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