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Appendix V: The American City in Literature & Culture

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Page Links: | Selected Bibliography 1980-1999 Selected Bibliography 2000-2005 Selected Bibliography 2006-Present | MLA Style Citation of this Web Page |

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Selected Bibliography 1980-1999

Barth, Gunther P. City people: the rise of modern city culture in nineteenth-century America. NY: Oxford UP, 1980. HT123 .B297

Brand, Dana. The spectator and the city in nineteenth-century American literature. NY: Cambridge UP, 1991. PS217 .C57 B73

Clapp, James A. The city, a dictionary of quotable thought on cities and urban life. New Brunswick, N.J.: Center for Urban Policy Research, 1984. HT111 .C576

Gandal, Keith. The virtues of the vicious: Jacob Riis, Stephen Crane, and the spectacle of the slum. NY: Oxford UP, 1997. PS1449 .C85 M334

Hakutani, Yoshinobu, and Robert Butler. eds. The city in African-American literature. Madison: Associated UP, 1995. PS169 .C57 C58

Hurm, Gerd. Fragmented Urban Images: The American City in Modern Fiction from Stephen Crane to Thomas Pynchon. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 1991.

Jakle, John A. The American small town: twentieth-century place images. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, 1982. E169 .J24

Love, Glen A. New Americans: the westerner and the modern experience in the American novel. Lewisburg: Bucknell UP, 1982. PS374.W4 L6

McShane, Clay. Down the asphalt path: the automobile and the American city. NY: Columbia UP, 1994. HE5623 .M35

O'Connell, Shaun. Imagining Boston: a literary landscape. Boston: Beacon P, 1990. PS255 .B6 O25

Pindell, Terry. A good place to live: America's last migration. NY: H. Holt and Co., 1996. E169.04 .P55

Smith, Carl S. Chicago and the American literary imagination, 1880-1920. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1984. PS285 .C47 S6

Stimpson, Catharine R. ed. Women and the American city. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1981. HT123 .W55

Selected Bibliography 2000-2005  

Lee, James K. Urban Triage: Race and Fictions of Multiculturism. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2004.

Caldwell, Mark. New York Night: The Mystique and Its History: 362 Years. NY: Scribner's, 2005.

Schwarz, Daniel R. Broadway Boogie Woogie: Damon Runyon and the Making of New York City Culture. NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.

Maffi, Mario, and George J. Lankevich. New York City: An Outsider's Inside View. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2004.

Mason, Jennifer. Civilized Creatures: Urban Animals, Sentimental Culture, and American Literature, 1850-1900. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2005.

Spears, Timothy B. Chicago Dreaming: Midwesterners and the City, 1871-1919. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2005.

Traub, James. The Devil's Playground: A Century of Pleasure and Profit in Times Square. NY: Random House, 2004.

Villa, Raúl H. Barrio-Logos: Space and Place in Urban Chicano Literature and Culture. Austin: U of Texas P, 2000.

Wheeler, Elizabeth A. Uncontained: Urban Fiction in Postwar America. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 2001.

White, Ed. The Backcountry and the City: Colonization and Conflict in Early America. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2005.

White, Shane. Stories of Freedom in Black New York. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2002.

Selected Bibliography 2006-Present  

Abraham, Julie. Metropolitan Lovers: The Homosexuality of Cities. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2009.

Campbell, James. Syncopations: Beats, New Yorkers, and Writers in the Dark. Berkeley: U of California P, 2008.

Clothey, Fred W. Ritualizing on the Boundaries: Continuity and Innovation in the Tamil Diaspora. Columbia: U of South Carolina P, 2006.

Dowling, Robert M. Slumming in New York: From the Waterfront to Mythic Harlem. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 2007.

Dunbar, Erica A. A Fragile Freedom: African American Women and Emancipation in the Antebellum City. New Haven, CT: Yale UP, 2008.

Evelev, John. Tolerable Entertainment: Herman Melville and Professionalism in Antebellum New York. Amherst: U of Massachusetts P, 2006.

Heise, Thomas. Urban Underworlds: A Geography of Twentieth-Century American Literature and Culture. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 2011.

Holmes, Amanda. City Fictions: Language, Body, and Spanish American Urban Space. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell UP, 2007.

Honig, Megan. Urban Grit: A Guide to Street Lit. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2011.

Hughes, Evan. Literary Brooklyn: The Writers of Brooklyn and the Story of American City Life. NY: Holt, 2011.

Klimasmith, Elizabeth. At Home in the City: Urban Domesticity in American Literature and Culture, 1850-1930. Hanover, NH: UP of New England, 2006.

Margolies, Edward. New York and the Literary Imagination: The City in Twentieth Century Fiction and Drama. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2008.

Pike, David L. Metropolis on the Styx: The Underworlds of Modern Urban Culture, 1800-2001. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 2007.

Rangel, Cecilia E. Cities in Ruins: The Politics of Modern Poetics. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue UP, 2010.

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