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Cruising the Dead RiverDavid Wojnarowicz and New York's Ruined Waterfront$
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Fiona Anderson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226603612

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226603896.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Queer at the Water’s Edge

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(p.1) Introduction
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Cruising the Dead River
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Fiona Anderson

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226603896.003.0006

This chapter introduces the key material features of the ruined waterfront and some of the political and economic circumstances surrounding its abandonment in the 1960s. These histories are connected to broader narratives of preservation and urban renewal in New York throughout the twentieth century. The chapter also introduces the idea of cruising as a queer method for exploring the history of the waterfront and David Wojnarowicz's work in and around in it.

Keywords:   cruising, ruins, New York City history, David Wojnarowicz

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