The Redevelopment of Urban Literature
By (author) Carlo Rotella
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October Cities by Carlo Rotella
Book DescriptionReturning to his native Chicago after World War II, Nelson Algren found a city transformed. The flourishing industry, culture, and literature that had placed prewar Chicago at center stage in American life were entering a time of crisis. The middle class and economic opportunity were leaving the inner city, and Black Southerners arriving in Chicago found themselves increasingly estranged from the nation's economic and cultural resources. For Algren, Chicago was becoming 'an October sort of city even in the spring', and as Carlo Rotella demonstrates, this metaphorical landscape of fall led Algren and others to forge a literary form that traced the American city's transformation. Narratives of decline, like the complementary narratives of black migration and inner-city life written by Claude Brown and Gwendolyn Brooks, became building blocks of the postindustrial urban literature. "October Cities" examines these narratives as they played out in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Manhattan. Through the work of Algren, Brown, Brooks, and other urban writers, Rotella explores the relationship of this new literature to the cities it draws upon for inspiration. The stories told are of neighborhoods and families molded by dramatic urban transformation on a grand scale with vast movements of capital and people, racial succession, and an intensely changing urban landscape.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520211445
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 21-May-1998
Country of Publication: United States
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Chronicles the author's immersion in the fight world, from the brutal classroom of the gym to the spectacle of fight night. An award-winning writer and ringside veteran, he unearths the hidden wisdom in any kind of fight, from barroom brawl to HBO extravaganza. In this book he makes the fight world relevant to us, whether we're fans or not.
Good with Their Hands, Paperback (September 2004)» View all books by Carlo Rotella
Explores women's boxing in Erie, Pennsylvania; Buddy Guy and the blues scene in Chicago; police work and crime stories in New York City, especially as they converged in the making of the movie "The French Connection". This book shows how stories of city life can be found in a boxing match, a guitar solo, a chase scene in a movie, or a landscape.
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Author Biography - Carlo Rotella
Carlo Rotella is Assistant Professor of English and American Studies at Lafayette College.
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