By Flannery O'Connor
The gathering that demonstrated O’Connor’s popularity as one of many American masters of the quick tale. the quantity comprises the prestigious identify tale, a story of the murderous fugitive The Misfit, in addition to “The Displaced Person” and 8 different tales.
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The dream of bringing the district to order was to die a double death. Meloney’s article concluded with the police captain throwing up his hands in frustration, declaring a wish to “‘pile all of it on a barge and sink it in the East River’” (241). In this chapter I consider the meanings of and reasons why a particular urban geography—the downtown wards of New York’s Lower 32 / going down East Side—came be to understood as home to the city’s and the nation’s underworld. 2 The answer is found in a noxious mix of economics, geography, sociology, and sensational narratives that began to congeal many disparate social fears into the lurid social formation known as the urban immigrant underworld.
Slumming was inextricably bound up with police surveillance, moral regulation, and the merciless enforcement of hygiene. And as it titillated with tawdry rumors of sexual seduction, it promised retribution against those who threatened the normative parameters of sexual, racial, and national identity. The phenomenon of slumming was an expression of manifold and at times conflicting positions.
The American Scene employs tropes common to the era’s slumming literature, but it also destabilizes many of its sedimented ideologies by being flexibly and generously attuned to the rhythms and meanings of lower-class life. ”62 Rather than a separate and exotic world, it is very much a part of a city undergoing social and physical revolutions at all levels. In chapter 2, I follow the underworld to its new homes in Greenwich Village and Harlem in the 1910s and 1920s, sites of new sexual and racial subcultures that sparked curiosity and worry.