Queering the Underworld: Slumming, Literature, and the by Scott Herring

By Scott Herring

At the beginning of the 20 th century, stories of “how the opposite part lives” skilled a surge in attractiveness. humans seeking to pass slumming with out leaving domestic grew to become to those narratives for extraordinary revelations of the underworld and sordid information about the deviants who populated it.

In this significant rethinking of yank literature and tradition, Scott Herring explores how a key workforce of authors manipulated this style to sarcastically avoid the confines of sexual id. Queering the Underworld examines more than a few writers, from Jane Addams and Willa Cather to Carl Van Vechten and Djuna Barnes, revealing how they fulfilled the conventions of slumming literature yet undermined its ambitions, and within the method, queered the style itself. Their paintings pissed off the reader’s hope for sexual wisdom, restored the inscrutability of sexual identification, and solid doubt at the worth of a gay tradition made obvious and for that reason topic to reputable control.

Herring is persuasive and polemical in connecting those writers to ongoing debates approximately lesbian and homosexual heritage and politics, and Queering the Underworld could be commonly learn through scholars and students of literature, heritage, and sexuality.

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