The Bronx in American Popular Culture
While many Americans dismissed the borough of The Bronx in the late 1970s through the belief that »The Bronx is burning,« this study challenges that assumption. As the first explicit study on The Bronx in American popular culture, this book shows how a wide variety of cultural representations engaged in a complex dialogue on its past, present, and future. Sina A. Nitzsche argues that popular culture ushered in the poetic resurrection of The Bronx, an artistic and imaginative rebirth, that preceded, promoted, and facilitated the spatial revival of the borough.
“As Stuart Hall teaches us, popular culture is a site of struggle for and against power, even as it constitutes the stake to be won or lost in that struggle. Sina A. Nitzsche’s cultural geography of The Bronx begins the long overdue task of mapping that site, analyzing the most formative representations of that mythic borough through the multifaceted lens of power relations—it theorizes, documents, and contributes to a welcome poetic resurrection.”
Julia Leyda, Professor of Film Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
“Rigorously researched and superbly written, Poetic Resurrection: The Bronx in American Popular Culture also has a huge heart in its cent. In applying her personal experience of growing up in East Germany to approach the South Bronx, Sina A. Nitzsche has accomplished a major feat of cultural empathy.”
Sergio Bessa, former Chief Curator, Bronx Museum of the Arts
FrontmatterSeiten 1 - 4
Table of ContentsSeiten 5 - 6
PrefaceSeiten 7 - 8
AcknowledgementsSeiten 9 - 10
Introduction Welcome to The BronxSeiten 11 - 16
Chapter 1 Approaching the Boogie Down: The Bronx, Popular Culture, and the Poetic ResurrectionSeiten 17 - 44
Chapter 2 The Bronx is Not Lost: Remembering the Success Story in LiteratureSeiten 45 - 96
Chapter 3 Zooming in on the Devastation: The Bronx as an Urban Frontier in FilmSeiten 97 - 144
Chapter 4 Creating a New Popular Culture: Re-Imagining the American Dream in Hip-HopSeiten 145 - 184
Conclusions Global Dimensions of the Poetic ResurrectionSeiten 185 - 196
Works CitedSeiten 197 - 220
9 September 2020, 220 pages
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