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Writing Chicago : Modernism, Ethnography, and the Novel - Carla Cappetti

Writing Chicago

Modernism, Ethnography, and the Novel

Paperback Published: 19th August 1993
ISBN: 9780231081290
Number Of Pages: 274
For Ages: 22+ years old

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"Writing Chicago" uncovers the deep connections between the renowned Chicago school of sociology--exemplified by William Thomas, Robert Park, and Robert Redfield--and the great Chicago novelists of the 1930's, Nelson Algren, Richard Wright and James T. Farrell, all of whom integrated sociological theories into their own work.

In their studies of society, the Chicago sociologists often imitated creative writers and literary critics. Somewhat later, Chicago novelists discovered in sociology important tools that enabled them to write about migrants and immigrants, the city and the slum. Cappetti provides readings of Farrell's "Studs Lonigan," Algren's "Never Come Morning" and Wright's "Black Boy" and "American Hunger" in light of their sociological influences.

While belonging to separate "disciplines" and expressing themselves through different forms of writing, Chicago writers and sociologists nevertheless lived in close intellectual proximity. The product of their overall creativity was an impressive number of studies and narratives about the city, immigration, and deviance that shaped the representation of urban America and the perception of American society between the world wars.

Introductionp. 1
Between Literature and Science: Chicago Sociology and the Urban Literary Traditionp. 20
Maps, Models, and Metaphors: Theories of the Cityp. 34
"The Folk in a City World": Narratives of Transition, Theories of Modernizationp. 59
Deviant Girls and Dissatisfied Women: A Sociologist's Talep. 73
Ethnographers at Home: The Trilogy of Studs Lonigonp. 108
Footnote Fellows: Cold Wars of American Lettersp. 144
A Walk on the Other Side: Never Come Morning (Nelson Algren)p. 156
Decentering and Recentering: Richard Wright, African-American, and American Literaturep. 182
Sociology of an Existence: Black Boy - American Hunger (Richard Wright)p. 198
Notesp. 211
Bibliographyp. 241
Indexp. 259
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ISBN: 9780231081290
ISBN-10: 0231081294
Series: Social Foundation of Esthetic Forms
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 274
Published: 19th August 1993
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.4

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