Spectacular Wickedness: Sex, Race, and Memory in Storyville, New Orleans

Spectacular Wickedness: Sex, Race, and Memory in Storyville, New Orleans

by Emily Epstein Landau


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From 1897 to 1917 the red-light district of Storyville, located just outside of the French Quarter, hosted a diverse cast of characters who reflected the cultural milieu and complex social structure of turn-of-the-century New Orleans, a city infamous for both prostitution and interracial intimacy. In Spectacular Wickedness, Emily Epstein Landau examines the social history of this famed district by looking at prostitution through the lens of patriarchy and demonstrates how gendered racial ideologies proved crucial to the remaking of southern society in the aftermath of the Civil War. In doing so, she reveals that Storyville’s salacious and eccentric subculture played an important role in the formation of New Orleans’s identity in the New South era.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807169261
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Publication date: 03/21/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 583,069
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Emily Epstein Landau lives in Washington, D.C., with her family.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: Land of Dreams 1

Chapter 1 The Promised Land of Harlotry 17

Chapter 2 The Quadroon Connection 45

Chapter 3 Public Rights and Public Women 77

Chapter 4 Where the Light and Dark Folks Meet 109

Chapter 5 Diamond Queen 132

Chapter 6 The Last Stronghold of the Old Regime 160

Conclusion: Farewell to Storyville 199

Notes 207

Bibliography 263

Index 295

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