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Title:Incognitos: Modern Slumming Narratives and the Unmaking of Sexual Identity
Author(s):Herring, Terrell Scott
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Tim Dean
Department / Program:English
Discipline:English
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):American Studies
Abstract:Though the slumming narrative is a minor literary genre that typically uncovers and classifies urban racial-ethnic and sexual "perversions," "Incognitos" contends that some sexually suspect early-twentieth-century writers---white and Black---manipulated its form to avoid sexual exposure and to challenge developing constructions of sexuality in modern America. Through divergent styles, Progressive-era realists such as Jane Addams and Willa Cather, Afro-Modernist bohemians like Wallace Thurman and Richard Bruce Nugent, and transatlantic Anglo-American Modernists such as Carl Van Vechten and Djuna Barnes renovate a genre traditionally dedicated to sexual surveillance and categorization. Together these writers question the value of an identifiable homosexual identity and subculture while they simultaneously confirm and interrogate developing racial-ethnic identities, thereby illuminating how a minor genre has significant cultural ramifications for developing notions of visibility and invisibility in modern U.S. literary public spheres.
Issue Date:2004
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:256 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/81401
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3130934
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2004


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