Amusing Spaces

  • Alex Goody
Part of the Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics book series (MPCC)


New York’s Coney Island offered an escape from the city into a zone of mechanical play and carnivalesque amusements in the early twentieth century. In a different mode Greenwich Village, was emerging in the 1910s as an area of a different kind of escape, into bohemian living, and artistic and political radicalism. Harlem was a racially demarcated zone that produced its own artistic and political fervent and contrasted too with the hierarchies of the city as machine and super warehouse. This chapter considers the modern femininities and gendered bodies that are manufactured by the social and cultural architecture of such alternative New Yorks. Through an analysis of the work of women poets on different locales in New York, this chapter identifies and explores sites within the city that are constructed, in the geographical imagination, as zones of flight from the rigidity, hierarchy and manufactured sameness of the modern metropolis.

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  • Alex Goody
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  1. 1.Department of English and Modern LanguagesOxford Brookes UniversityOxfordUK

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