© 2012

Ghetto Images in Twentieth-Century American Literature

Writing Apartheid

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Part of the The Future of Minority Studies book series (FMS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Tyrone R. Simpson II
    Pages 1-18
  3. Tyrone R. Simpson II
    Pages 19-41
  4. Tyrone R. Simpson II
    Pages 43-83
  5. Tyrone R. Simpson II
    Pages 85-126
  6. Tyrone R. Simpson II
    Pages 127-173
  7. Tyrone R. Simpson II
    Pages 175-218
  8. Tyrone R. Simpson II
    Pages 219-247
  9. Tyrone R. Simpson II
    Pages 249-252
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 253-302

About this book


This book explores how six American writers have artistically responded to the racialization of U.S. frostbelt cities in the twentieth century. Using the critical tools of spatial theory, critical race theory, urban history and sociology, Simpson explains how these writers imagine the subjective response to the race-making power of space.


America Amerikanische Literatur race sociology women writing

About the authors

TYRONE R. SIMPSON II is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Urban Studies, Africana Studies, and American Culture at Vassar College, USA.

Bibliographic information


"Taking the ghetto as a race-making institution dependent on technologies of im/mobility, Tyrone Simpson offers a lucid analysis of the urban ecology of twentieth century U.S. fiction. Giving new meaning to the fine art of close reading, he approaches the spatial as a dense psychic territory, one that requires an interdisciplinary array of knowledges to adequately parse. This is a vibrant literary engagement with critical race theory." - Robyn Wiegman, Professor, Literature and Women's Studies, Duke University, author of American Anatomies: Theorizing Race and Gender and Object Lessons

'Tyrone Simpson gives us a compelling portrait of the historic pain and hope seared into America's rust belt ghettos. Under Simpson's deft prose, a new voice to understanding these racialized spaces the engaged writer is powerfully revealed.' - David Wilson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign