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Dangerous and Intermingled II: Subaltern New York

Semester and Year SP 2012
Course Number IDSEM-UG1667
Section 001
Instructor Jack Tchen
Days Wed
Time 4:55 PM - 7:35 PM
Units 4.0
Level U
Foundation Requirement SOC


Permission of instructor required (jack.tchen@nyu.edu). Same as SCA-UA 380 002.


In the world of political moralists, intermingled New York has and still represents the epitome of danger and evil about the American experiment—the public intermixture of classes, genders, races, sexualities, spiritualisms, and the-devil-knows-what-else!#? As elite Protestants created a refined European-affected “high brow” culture, they also created myriad “others”—a transgressive, lowly polyglot city of shadows, miscegenation, and impurity. The docks, the Bowery, The Five Points, Greenwich Village, LES/Loisaida, Chinatown, and Harlem were all forged against the repressed imaginings of the powerful and the distinguished. This peoples’ Gotham, this disdained intertwined underworld of music, slang, jokes, songs, stories, foodways, and marvels of people will be the focus of this advanced research seminar. Course materials will include: Wallace & Burrow’s Gotham, Burn’s documentary New York, Smith’s Decolonizing Methodologies, and a course reader. Research walks and visits off campus will be held during lab hours on Fridays. Students will learn how to conduct a case study using primary sources.



Course Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

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