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By Edward J. Ahearn

In an cutting edge contribution to the not easy of disciplinary limitations, Edward J. Ahearn juxtaposes works of literature with the writings of social scientists to find how jointly they remove darkness from urban lifestyles in ways in which neither can accomplish individually. Ahearn's argument spans from the second one 1/2 the 19th century in Western Europe to the present-day usa and features a wide variety of literary genres and sociological colleges. for instance, Charles Baudelaire's essays at the urban are seen along the paintings of Emile Durkheim and Georg Simmel; Bertolt Brecht's "Jungle of Cities" heightens the arguments of Louis Wirth and Robert Park; Richard Wright's "Native Son" and Saul Bellow's "The Adventures of Augie March" are re-visioned in tandem with works via William Julius Wilson and others; Herman Melville's "Bartleby the Scrivener" poses a problem to James Q. Wilson's "Bureaucracy"; Toni Morrison's ancient novel "Jazz" is buttressed by way of the occupation of Robert Moses and the revisionist paintings of historians Hilary Ballon and Kenneth T. Jackson; and Don DeLillos' "Cosmopolis" comes into awesome concentration within the gentle of arguments on international cybercities through David Harvey, Saskia Sassen, and Manuel Cassels. Resisting the temptation to disregard contradictions for the sake of interpretation, Ahearn in its place deals the reader a view of the fashionable urban as complicated as his topic matter.

Here the methodologies and information generated through the social sciences are either complemented and subverted through the event of urban lifestyles as portrayed in literature. With its different narrative strategies and moving issues of view, that are as disorienting to the reader as a overseas urban is to an arriving immigrant, literature reinforces the significance of procedure and outlook within the social sciences. eventually, Ahearn indicates, neither literature nor the social sciences can trap the adventure of city distress.

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Ahearn. p. cm. comprises bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-7546-6882-4 (alk. paper)—ISBN 978-0-7546-9538-7 (ebook : alk. paper) 1. Literature and society. 2. Sociology, city. three. Social technological know-how literature. four. Poverty in literature. I. name. PN51. A33 2010 809’. 933552—dc22  2009020926 ISBN 9780754668824 (hbk) ISBN 9780754695387 (ebk. II) Contents Permissions   Acknowledgments   creation: Breaking the Glass   vii ix 1 I The Heroism of recent existence? Baudelaire, Brecht and the Founders of city Sociology 1 urban Visions of the Poet and Social Scientist   2 “Let’s Beat Up the negative! ”: Baudelaire on city clash and the Failure of Policy   3 In the Jungle of Brecht’s Cities   nine 27 forty nine II Chicago Black and White: Immigration and Race in local Son and The Adventures of Augie March creation to half II   sixty seven four seventy five The local Son We Didn’t (and nonetheless Don’t? ) are looking to See   5 Augie’s Immigrant Adventures   ninety three III strength, Governance and the fight for Human cognizance advent to half III   a hundred and fifteen 6 Bureaucracy and the Lone urban Dweller: James Q. Wilson—and Michel Foucault—Meet Bartleby   121 7 Jazz and the facility dealer: city wealthy person as opposed to the genuine Lives of normal Black People   137 vi city Confrontations in Literature and Social technological know-how, 1848–2001 8 Immigrant ladies Writing opposed to the city Regime: the home on Mango highway and Bone   161 Epilogue: DeLillo’s international City   181 Bibliography   Index   205 225 Permissions I desire to thank the next for permission to cite copyright fabrics: bankruptcy 2 includes excerpts from the The Parisian Prowler by way of Charles Baudelaire, translated via Edward ok. Kaplan. Copyright 1989 by means of Edward ok. Kaplan. Reprinted by way of permission of the collage of Georgia Press. bankruptcy three comprises excerpts from Jungle of towns and different performs by way of Bertolt Brecht, reprinted by way of permission of Suhrkamp Verlag. Bertolt Brecht, Im Dickicht der Städte, Große kommentierte Berliner und Frankfurter Ausgabe, Werke, Band 1, Stücke 1, Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt, 1989. (Great Berlin and Frankfurt version containing remark, Works, quantity 1, merchandise 1, Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt, 1989. ) bankruptcy four comprises excerpts (ca. 2635 wds) from local Son via Richard Wright. Copyright 1940 through Richard Wright. Copyright © renewed 1968 via Ellen Wright. Reprinted through permission of HarperCollins Publishers. bankruptcy five comprises excerpts from The Adventures of Augie March by way of Saul Bellow. Copyright 1949, 1951, 1952, 1953 via Saul Bellow. utilized by permission of Viking Penguin, a department of Penguin workforce (USA) Inc. AND Copyright © 1981 through Saul Bellow, reprinted with permission of The Wylie employer LLC. bankruptcy 7 includes excerpts from Jazz via Toni Morrison, copyright © 1992 via Toni Morrison. utilized by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a department of Random condominium, Inc. bankruptcy eight comprises excerpts from the home on Mango highway by means of Sandra Cisneros. Copyright © 1984 through Sandra Cisneros. released via classic Books, a department of Random residence, Inc. , and in hardcover through Alfred A.

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