Metropolis: The American City in Popular Culture (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2008 - History - 286 pages
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Ever since the rise of mass culture, the idea of "The City" has played a central role in the nation's imagined landscape. While some writers depict the city as a site of pleasure and enjoyment, the thrills provided there are still generally of an illicit nature, and it is this darker strain of urban fiction-one that illuminates many of the larger fears and anxieties of America at large-that this book addresses. From The Wire's Baltimore to Martin Scorsese's New York, from the Newark of Philip Roth and The Sopranos, to Jeffrey Eugenides's Detroit, "The City" is everywhere, and everywhere proclaiming on the rise and
  

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
Tours of Ethnic Exotica in the Popular Press
15
The Gangster Film
71
A City for the1960s and Beyond
117
The Urban Nostalgic Memoir
165
Newark on the Net minus the Mob
201
Conclusion
221
Notes
225
Index
267
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ROBERT ZECKER is Professor of History at Saint Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. He has taught courses on immigration and ethnicity, race in America, U.S. social movements, class, and urban studies, and has published numerous articles and a book chapter on immigration.

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