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Queering the Underworld
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Queering the Underworld: Slumming, Literature, and the Undoing of Lesbian and Gay History

Scott Herring

Abstract

At the start of the twentieth century, tales of “how the other half lives” experienced a surge in popularity. People looking to go slumming without leaving home turned to these narratives for spectacular revelations of the underworld and sordid details about the deviants who populated it. This book, a major rethinking of American literature and culture, explores how a key group of authors manipulated this genre to paradoxically evade the confines of sexual identification. It examines a range of writers, from Jane Addams and Willa Cather to Carl Van Vechten and Djuna Barnes, revealing how they ... More

Keywords: slumming, underworld, deviants, Jane Addams, Willa Cather, Carl Van Vechten, Djuna Barnes, sexual knowledge, sexual identity, homosexual subculture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226327907
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226327921.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Scott Herring, author