Literature and Race in Los Angeles

Literature and Race in Los Angeles

by Julian Murphet
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521801494

ISBN-13: 9780521801492

Pub. Date: 03/19/2001

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

"Los Angeles is both the most fragmented and minoritized metropolis in America, and its most luridly abstract and aestheticized city. With more than eighty-five languages being spoken in its classrooms, and one homogenous visual language emanating from its entertainment industry, LA radically challenges the prospects of that archaic representational medium: literature…  See more details below

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"Los Angeles is both the most fragmented and minoritized metropolis in America, and its most luridly abstract and aestheticized city. With more than eighty-five languages being spoken in its classrooms, and one homogenous visual language emanating from its entertainment industry, LA radically challenges the prospects of that archaic representational medium: literature. In its investigation of the work of Bret Easton Ellis, James Ellroy, Anna Deavere Smith and others, Literature and Race in Los Angeles articulates their aesthetic preoccupations with the structures of social space in the city. Harnessing some of the theoretical insights of Henri Lefebvre and the 'LA school' of geographers, Murphet demonstrates the versatility of literary production in LA and speculates about the fortunes of literature in a predominantly visual culture."--BOOK JACKET.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521801492
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/19/2001
Series:
Cultural Margins Series, #8
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: on minoritization and domination1
1The representation of Los Angeles8
2Neo-noir and the archaeology of urban space37
3Postcards from sim-city74
4Cities within the city: Third World in the First106
5Realism and beyond141
Notes170
Bibliography187
Index200

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