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Cruising the Dead River: David Wojnarowicz and New York's Ruined Waterfront

Fiona Anderson


Cruising the Dead River traces the queer history of the cruising ground of Manhattan’s West Side piers in the 1970s and early 1980s, arguing that the ruined buildings that dominated this queer landscape assumed a powerful erotic role in the cruising that took place there in the late 1970s and the art that was produced in and about this site, sparking a sense of erotic connection between past and present, land and sea. Drawing upon the art and writing of David Wojnarowicz, and incorporating discussions of art, activism, poetry, performance, and film, this book posits that the pleasure of the ru ... More

Keywords: cruising, gentrification, urban renewal, David Wojnarowicz, queer, New York City history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226603612
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226603896.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fiona Anderson, author
Newcastle University