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Book Review: Urban Underworlds 

A review (by yours truly) of Thomas Heise's book, Urban Underworlds: A Geography of Twentieth-Century American Literature and Culture, has found its way to the online pages of the Teachers College Record. I begin with a cheap ploy: "Urban Underworlds is a haunted book." But as is fitting in tales of fallen spaces (which is …

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Urban Underworlds 

From a book I'm reviewing: The definitional "nowhere" of Utopia was inverted in Harlem into a dystopian reality of lost souls. Harlem was "a ruin," Ellison went on to admit, and it was the city's "bowels." —Thomas Heise, Urban Underworlds Is this not the shared common ground of progressives and conservatives? But it is also …

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