Brooklyn Fictions: The Contemporary Urban Community in a Global Age.pdf
Vast and diverse, Brooklyn appears in literature as a neighbourly place of traditional community values, distinct from the modernizing Manhattan. Brooklyn Fictions discovers what these literary representations of the New York borough can teach us about diversity and the individual, the local and the global. Combining analysis of popular texts such as Prospect Park West with more canonical novels like The Fortress of Solitude, this study draws on theories by Zygmunt Bauman and Anthony Cohen to explain how portraying Brooklyn as set of imagined ideals and nostalgic notions of community not only addresses concerns but meets the needs of isolated individuals in a global age. Brooklyn Fictions answers pressing questions about what it means to live in an urban region of a globalized world and whether ideals of neighbourliness and community can still be upheld. With cites depicted as sites of conflict and fear, this is a crucial contribution to our understating of the contemporary urban community and the ethical issues involved in conceptualizing and portraying it in literature.
James Peacock is Lecturer in English and American literatures at Keele University, UK. His articles on contemporary American fiction have appeared in Journal of American Studies, English and Critique.
Introduction Chapter 1: A Small Town in the World City Chapter 2: How to Read Brooklyn: Leaving Brooklyn Chapter 3: (Anti)Mythic Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Book of the Dead Chapter 4 Divisions: Brooklyn Crime Chapter 5: New Picturesques: Fictions of Brooklyn Gentrification Chapter 6: "Brooklyn Style": Race and Urban Space in The Fortress of Solitude, Man Gone Down and The Coldest Winter Ever Chapter 7: Reaching Out, Reaching In: Transnational Brooklyn in Geographies of Home, Brooklyn and Girl in Landscape Conclusions and Further Thoughts Index