Slumming: Sexual and Racial Encounters in American Nightlife, 1885-1940

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-10-30
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr

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In this fascinating history, Chad Heap reveals that the reality of slumming was far more widespreadand importantthan nostalgia-tinged recollections would lead us to believe. From its appearance as a "fashionable dissipation" centered on the immigrant and working-class districts of 1880s New York through its spread to Chicago and into the 1930s nightspots frequented by lesbians and gay men,Slummingcharts the development of this popular pastime, demonstrating how its moralizing origins were soon outstripped by the artistic, racial, and sexual adventuring that typified Jazz-Age America. And while Heap doesn't ignore the role of exploitation and voyeurism in slummingor the resistance it often provokedhe argues that the relatively uninhibited mingling it promoted across bounds of race and class helped to dramatically recast the racial and sexual landscape of burgeoning U.S. cities. "Exhaustively researched and beautifully written. . . . Vivid and astonishingly detailed."George Chauncey, author ofGay New York "This is a beautiful book that will be a milestone in our understandings of sexuality, race, normalcy, and metropolitan American modernity."American Historical Review

Author Biography

Chad Heap is associate professor of American studies at the George Washington University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Spatial Dynamics of Slumming and the Emergence of Commercial Leisurep. 15
Into the Slums: The Spatial Organization, Cultural Geography, and Regulation of a New Urban Pastimep. 17
Beyond the Slums: Commercial Leisure and the Reorganization and Policing of Urban Spacep. 55
The Changing Conceptualization of Sexuality and Race in the Slumming Vogues of Chicago and New Yorkp. 99
Adventures in the Slums and Red-Light Districtsp. 101
The Search for Bohemian Thrillagep. 154
The Negro Vogue: Excursions into a "Mysterious Dark World"p. 189
The Pansy and Lesbian Craze in White and Blackp. 231
Epiloguep. 277
Notesp. 287
List of Abbreviations in Notesp. 391
Indexp. 395
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