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The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of New York


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Cyrus R. K. Patell, Robert Lawson-Peebles, Elizabeth L. Bradley, Bryan Waterman, Thomas Augst, Lytle Shaw, Caleb Crain, Martha Nadell, Sarah Wilson, Eric Homberger, Melissa Bradshaw, Thulani Davis, Trysh Travis, Daniel Kane, Robin Bernstein
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  • Date Published: March 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521735551

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  • New York holds a special place in America's national mythology as both the gateway to the USA and as a diverse, vibrant cultural center distinct from the rest of the nation. From the international atmosphere of the Dutch colony New Amsterdam, through the expansion of the city in the nineteenth century, to its unique appeal to artists and writers in the twentieth, New York has given its writers a unique perspective on American culture. This Companion explores the range of writing and performance in the city, celebrating Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, Edith Wharton, Eugene O'Neill, and Allen Ginsberg among a host of authors who have contributed to the city's rich literary and cultural history. Illustrated and featuring a chronology and guide to further reading, this book is the ideal guide for students of American literature as well as for all who love New York and its writers.

    • Explores and celebrates writers in the city and the portrayal of the city in literature
    • Aimed at students of American literature as well as all those interested in New York literature
    • Includes illustrations, a chronology and guide to further reading
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521735551
    • length: 282 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Cyrus R. K. Patell
    1. From British outpost to American metropolis Robert Lawson-Peebles
    2. Dutch New York from Irving to Wharton Elizabeth L. Bradley
    3. The city on stage Bryan Waterman
    4. Melville, at sea in the city Thomas Augst
    5. Whitman's urbanism Lytle Shaw
    6. The early literature of New York's moneyed class Caleb Crain
    7. Writing Brooklyn Martha Nadell
    8. New York and the novel of manners Sarah Wilson
    9. Immigrants, politics and the popular cultures of tolerance Eric Homberger
    10. Performing Greenwich Village bohemianism Melissa Bradshaw
    11. African American literary movements Thulani Davis
    12. New York's cultures of print Trysh Travis
    13. From poetry to punk in the East Village Daniel Kane
    14. Staging lesbian and gay New York Robin Bernstein
    15. Emergent ethnic literatures Cyrus R. K. Patell
    Epilogue: Nostalgia and counter-nostalgia in New York City writing Bryan Waterman
    Guide to further reading.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • 20th Century American Literature
    • Contemporary Arab World
    • Discovering Gotham
    • History of Documentary Film and Media
    • History of Environmental Thinking
    • Honors Seminar: New York, NY in Literature, Architecture, and Film
    • Jewish Identities in Western Art Music
    • Jung and Fairytales
    • Literature of New York City
    • Literature of the City
    • New York City: A Literary Lens
    • New York Experience
    • New York in Literature and Art
    • Race, Crime and Immigration in the US and Europe
    • Reading and Writing About New York
    • Screening Asia
    • Studies in 20th-Century American Literature: Modernist New York
    • Studies in American Literature
    • Summer in New York
    • The Japanese Family from the Postwar to the Present
    • The Novel: NYC Lit
    • The Rise of the City Novel (Graduate class)
    • The philosophy of new York
    • Writing in the city
  • Editors

    Cyrus R. K. Patell, New York University
    Cyrus Patell is Associate Professor of English at New York University.

    Bryan Waterman, New York University
    Bryan Waterman is Associate Professor of English at New York University.


    Cyrus R. K. Patell, Robert Lawson-Peebles, Elizabeth L. Bradley, Bryan Waterman, Thomas Augst, Lytle Shaw, Caleb Crain, Martha Nadell, Sarah Wilson, Eric Homberger, Melissa Bradshaw, Thulani Davis, Trysh Travis, Daniel Kane, Robin Bernstein

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