HI3952: Cities of Dreadful Delight: Gender, Race, and Sexuality in the Americas, 1800-1950
Drs Patience Schell and Natalie Zacek

Lecture: Introduction to the course (PS/NZ)
Seminar: US and Latin American views of the city
Readings: Georg Simmel, The Metropolis and Mental Life; Theodore Dreiser, Sister Carrie (excerpt); Mark Szuchman, The City as Vision: The Development of Urban Culture in Latin America, in Gilbert Joseph, ed., I Saw a City Invincible: Urban Portraits of Latin America
Tutorial: Decisions on group research topics

Lecture: Reforming Mexico City (PS)
Seminar: The symbolism of urban space
Readings: Roy Rosenzweig, “Middle-Class Parks and Working-Class Play: The Struggle Over Recreational Space in Worcester, Massachusetts, 1870-1910,” Radical History Review 21 (1979): 31-46; C. Hood, “Journeying to ‘Old New York’: Elite New Yorkers and Their Invention of an Idealized City History in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries,” Journal of Urban History 28 (2002): 699-719; Jacob Riis, How the Other Half Lives (excerpts); John Lear, “Mexico City: Space and Class in the Porfirian Capital, 1884-1910,” Journal of Urban History 22 (1996): 454-492; Jeffrey Needell, “Making the Carioca Belle Époque Concrete: The Urban Reforms of Rio de Janeiro under Pereira Passos,” Journal of Urban History 19 (1984): 383-422
Tutorial: First group meeting

Lecture: Working in the city (PS)
Seminar: The meanings of work
Readings: Christine Stansell, “Women, Children, and the Uses of the Streets,” Feminist Studies 8 (1982): 309-335; Elizabeth Hutchison, “El fruto envenado del árbol capitalista: Women Workers and the Prostitution of Labor in Urban Chile, 1896-1925,” Journal of Women’s History 9 (1998): 131-151; Joaquin Capelo, “Lima in the Nineteenth Century,” in Joseph, ed., I Saw a City Invincible
Tutorial: Groups meet

Lecture: Urban styles and cultures (NZ)
Seminar: The urban lifestyle
Readings: Candace Bushnell, Sex and the City (excerpt); Shane White, “The Death of James Johnson,” American Quarterly 51 (1999): 753-795; Brian Owensby,“Domesticating Modernity: Markets, Home, and Morality in the Middle Class in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, 1930s and 1940s,” Journal of Urban History 24 (1998): 337-363; Maria Elena Diaz, “The Satiric Penny Press for Workers in Mexico, 1900-1910: A Case Study in the Politicisation of Culture,” Journal of Latin American Studies 22 (1990): 497-526
Tutorial: Groups meet

Lecture: Riots and other political acts (PS)
Seminar: Change and resistance in the city
Readings: Robert Self, “’To Plan Our Liberation’: Black Power and the Politics of Place in Oakland, California, 1965-1977,” Journal of Urban History 26 (2000): 756-792; Susan G. Davis, “’Making Night Hideous’: Christmas Revelry and Public Order in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia,” American Quarterly 34 (1982): 185-199; Raymond A. Mohl, “Massive Resistance in the Urban North: Trumbull Park, Chicago, 1953-1966,” Journal of American History 82 (1995): 522-550; David Sowell, “Reports of Contention in Urban Colombia, 1760-1940,” Journal of Urban History 24 (1998): 302-336
Tutorial: Groups meet; research journals handed in

Lecture: Crime and punishment (NZ)
Seminar: Cities and criminality
Readings: Mark Wild, “Red Light Kaleidoscope: Prostitution and Ethnoracial Relations in Los Angeles, 1880-1940,” Journal of Urban History 28 (2002): 720-742; Patricia Cline Cohen, “Unregulated Youth: Masculinity and Murder in the 1830s City,” Radical History Review 52 (1992): 33-52; James Diego Vigi, A Rainbow of Gangs: Street Cultures in the Mega-City (excerpt); Alma Guillermoprieto, “Medellin, 1991,” in Carlos Aguirre and Robert Buffington, eds., Reconstructing Criminality in Latin America; engravings by Jose Guadalupe Posada, “My Mexico”
Tutorial: Groups meet

Lecture: Immigration and movement in Latin America (PS)
Seminar: Newcomers to the city
Readings: “Immigrants, Immigrant Neighborhoods, and Ethnic Identity,” Huping Ling, “’Hop Alley’: Myth and Reality of the St. Louis Chinatown, 1860-1930,” Journal of Urban History 28 (2002): 184-219; Mary Antin, The Promised Land (excerpt); James Tigner, “Japanese Immigration into Latin America: A Survey,” Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs 23 (1981): 457-482
Tutorial: Groups meet

Lecture: Immigration in US (NZ)
Seminar/Tutorial: MUSEUM VISIT: The Manchester Museum of Science and Industry or The Pumphouse People’s Museum

Lecture: “There are a thousand stories in the Naked City” (NZ)
Seminar: Cities of sisterly and brotherly loves
Readings: Bryant Simon, “New York Avenue: The Life and Death of Gay Spaces in Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1920-1990,” Journal of Urban History 28 (2002): 300-327; Marc Stein, “Sex Politics in the City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves,” Radical History Review 59 (1994): 60-92; Kevin J. Mumford, “Homosex Changes: Race, Cultural Geography, and the Emergence of the City,” American Quarterly 48 (1996): 395-414; Martin Nesvig, “The Complicated Terrain of Latin American Homosexuality,” Hispanic American Historical Review 81 (2001): 689-729
Tutorial: Groups meet; final due date for research journal

Lecture: Anatomy of the megacity (PS)
Seminar: Living in the megacity
Readings: Mike Davis, City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles (excerpt); “Review Essay: Historicizing the City of Angels,” American Historical Review 105 (2000): 1667-1691; Jonathan Kandell, “Mexico’s Megalopolis” and Carolina Maria de Jesus, “Another São Paulo,” in Joseph, ed., I Saw a City Invincible; Child of the Darkness


50% final examination
25% research journal
25% essay

The course is divided into three hour-long sections per week:
Hour 1 – Lecture
Hour 2 – Seminar discussion, led by student groups. Each student is required to plan and lead discussion in these seminar groups once during the course.
Hour 3 – Tutorial time, to be arranged. In the first tutorial, students, in consultation with lecturers, will determine research topics and groups. Groups will have between three and five students. Tutorial sessions in weeks 2 through 9 will generally be devoted to meetings (of groups and with lecturers) regarding the progress of the research project. Each week students will produce a word-processed journal entry (300-450 words per week) on the research, including records of work undertaken, questions answered, problems encountered, and further questions arising. General guidelines of style apply to the journals (grammar; spelling; complete sentences). These reflective journals are due in the tutorial in week 5 (a progress check) and week 9 (final deadline). At the end of week 9, students will determine their individual essay topics, developing from the broader group research project. The 3000-word essay will be due at the end of week 12.


Diego Armus and John Lear, “The Trajectory of Latin American Urban History,” Journal of Urban History 24 (1998): 291-307
Gunther Barth, City People: The Rise of Modern City Culture in Nineteenth-Century America
Gunther Barth, Instant Cities: Urbanization and the Rise of San Francisco and Denver
Thomas Bender, Towards an Urban Vision: Ideas and Institutions in Nineteenth-Century America
William Cronon, Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West
Diane Davis, Urban Leviathan: Mexico City in the Twentieth Century
Jean Franco, The Decline and Fall of the Lettered City: Latin America in the Cold War
Timothy J. Gilfoyle, “White Cities, Linguistic Turns, and Disneylands: The New Paradigms of Urban History,”
David R. Goldfield, Cotton Fields and Skyscrapers: Southern City and Region
Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Eric H. Monkkonen, America Becomes Urban: The Development of U.S. Cities and Towns, 1780-1980
Richard M. Morse, et al., eds., Rethinking the Latin American City
Janice Elaine Perlman, The Myth of Marginality: Urban Poverty and Politics in Rio de Janeiro
Angel Rama, The Lettered City
Mary P. Ryan, Civic Wars: Democracy and Public Life in the American City during the Nineteenth Century
David Schuyler, The New American Landscape: The Redefinition of Urban Form in Nineteenth-Century America
Michael Sorkin, ed., Variations on a Theme Park: Scenes from the New American City
Sam Bass Warner, The Urban Wilderness: A History of the American City
Sharon Zukin, Landscapes of Power: From Detroit to Disneyland

Beth L. Bailey and David Farber, The First Strange Place: The Alchemy of Race and Sex in World War II Hawaii
John Blassingame, Black New Orleans
Patrick J. Carroll, Blacks in Colonial Veracruz: Race, Ethnicity, and Regional Development
Richard Graham, ed., The Idea of Race in Latin America
James R. Grossman, Land of Hope: Chicago, Black Southerners, and the Great Migration
Philip Kasinitz, Caribbean New York: Black Immigrants and the Politics of Race
Gary B. Nash, Forging Freedom: The Formation of Philadelphia’s Black Community, 1720-1840
Carol B. Stack, All Our Kin: Strategies for Survival in a Black Community
Nancy Leys Stepan, The Hour of Eugenics, Race, Gender, and Nation in Latin America
Eileen J. Suarez Findlay, Imposing Decency: The Politics of Sexuality and Race in Puerto Rico, 1870-1920
Peter Wade, Race and Ethnicity in Latin America

Mike Davis, Magical Urbanism: Latinos Reinvent the American City
Edward J. Escobar, Race, Police, and the Making of a Political Identity: Mexican Americans and the Los Angeles Police Department, 1900-1945
Elizabeth Ewen, Immigrant Women in the Land of Dollars: Life and Culture on the Lower East Side, 1890-1925
Donna R. Gabaccia, From Sicily to Elizabeth Street: Housing and Social Change Among Italian Immigrants, 1880-1930
Jeffrey Lesser, Welcoming the Undesirables: Brazil and the Jewish Question
Deborah Dash Moore, To the Golden Cities: Pursuing the American Jewish Dream in Miami and Los Angeles
Gary R. Mormino and George E. Pozzetta, The Immigrant World of Ybor City
Jose Moya, Cousins and Strangers: Spanish Immigrants in Buenos Aires, 1850-1930
Stanley Nadel, Little Germany: Ethnicity, Religion, and Class in New York City, 1845-1880
Robert A. Orsi, The Madonna of 115th Street: Faith and Community in Italian Harlem, 1880-1950
George J. Sanchez, Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945

Gender and Sexuality
David Bell and Gill Valentine, eds., Mapping Desire: Geographies of Sexualities
Katherine Elaine Bliss, “The Sexual Revolution in Mexican Studies: New Perspectives on Gender, Sexuality, and Culture in Modern Mexico,” Latin American Research Review 36 (2001): 247-268
Susan Branson, Those Fiery Frenchified Dames: Women and Political Culture in Early National Philadelphia
Elizabeth Dore and Maxine Molyneux, eds., Hidden Histories of Gender and the State in Latin America
Nancy Duncan, BodySpace: Destabilizing Geographies of Gender and Sex
Hispanic American Historical Review 81, nos. 3-4 (2001): special issue on gender and sexuality
Christine Hunefeldt, Liberalism in the Bedroom: Quarreling Spouses in Nineteenth-Century Lima
Asuncion Lavrin, ed., Sexuality and Marriage in Colonial Latin America
Matrix Group, Making Space: Women and the Man-Made Environment
Patience A. Schell, “’An Honorable Avocation for Ladies’: The Work of the Mexico City Union de Damas Catolicas Mexicanas, 1912-1926,” Journal of Women’s History 10 (1999): 78-103
Amelia Simpson, Xuxa: The Mega-Marketing of Gender, Race, and Modernity
Christine Stansell, City of Women: Sex and Class in New York, 1789-1860
Steve J. Stern, The Secret History of Gender: Women, Men, and Power in Late Colonial Mexico
Dell Upton, ed., Madaline: Love and Survival in Antebellum New Orleans
Elizabeth Wilson, The Sphinx in the City: Urban Life, the Control of Disorder, and Women

Gay and Lesbian
Daniel Balderston and Donna Guy, Sex and Sexuality in Latin America
George Chauncey, Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of a Gay Male World, 1890-1940
Eric Garber, “A Spectacle in Color: The Lesbian and Gay Subculture of Jazz Age Harlem,” in Martin Bauml Duberman, et al., eds., Hidden From History : Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past
William Hawkeswood and Alex W. Costley, eds., One of the Children: Gay Black Men in Harlem
Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy and Madeline D. Davis, Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: The History of a Lesbian Community
Ian Lumsden, Machos, Maricones, and Gays: Cuba and Homosexuality
Randy Shilts, The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk
Marc Stein, City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves: Lesbian and Gay Philadelphia, 1945-1972

Crime and Behaviour
Elaine S. Abelson, When Ladies Go A-Thieving : Middle-Class Shoplifters in the Victorian Department Store
Carlos A. Aguirre, ed., Reconstructing Criminality in Latin America
Tyler S. Anbinder, Five Points
Janet Brodie, Contraception and Abortion in Nineteenth-Century America
Paul Chevigny, Edge of the Knife: Police Violence in the Americas
Perry Duis, The Saloon: Public Drinking in Chicago and Boston
Karen Halttunen, Confidence Men and Painted Women: A Study of Middle-Class Culture in America, 1830-1870
Jean Franco, Fear and Lothing in the Polis: The Dark Side of Modernization
Daniel James, “October 17th and 18th, 1945: Mass Protest, Peronism, and the Argentine Working Class,” Journal of Social History 21 (1988): 441-461
John F. Kasson, Rudeness and Civility: Manners in Nineteenth-Century Urban America
Teresa Meade, “Civilizing Rio”: Reform and Resistance in a Brazilian City, 1889-1930
Raymond A. Mohl, Poverty in New York, 1783-1825
Pablo Piccato, City of Suspects: Crime in Mexico City, 1900-1931
Ronn Pineo and James A. Baer, Cities of Hope: People, Protests, and Progress in Urbanizing Latin America, 1870-1930
Teresa Pires do Rio, City of Walls: Crime, Segregation, and Citizenship in Sao Paulo
Alonso Salazar, Born to Die in Medellin
Ricardo D. Salvatore, et al., eds., Crime and Punishment in Latin America: Law and Society Since Late Colonial Times
Ricardo D. Salvatore, “Criminology, Prison Reform, and the Buenos Aires Working Class,” Journal of Interdisciplinary History 23 (1992): 279-299
Eric C. Schneider, In the Web of Class: Delinquents and Reformers in Boston, 1810-1930
Christine Stansell, American Moderns: Bohemian New York and the Creation of a New Century
Jennifer Toth, The Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City
Richard Warren, Vagrants and Citizens: Politics and the Masses in Mexico City from Colony to Republic

William H. Beezley, Judas at the Jockey Club and Other Episodes of Porfirian Mexico
William H. Beezley and Linda A. Curcio-Nagy, eds., Latin American Popular Culture: An Introduction
Lewis A. Erenberg, Steppin’ Out: New York Nightlife and the Transformation of American Culture,1890-1930
John F. Kasson, Amusing the Million: Coney Island at the Turn of the Century
Teresa Meade, “’Living Worse and Costing More’: Resistance and Riot in Rio de Janeiro, 1890-1917,” Journal of Latin American Studies 21 (1989): 241-266
Jeffrey D. Needell, A Tropical Belle Epoque: Elite Culture and Society in Turn-of-the-Century Rio de Janeiro
Kathy Peiss, Cheap Amusements: Working Women and Leisure in Turn-of-the-Century New York
Roy Rosenzweig, Eight Hours for What We Will: Workers and Leisure in an Industrial City, 1870-1920
William R. Taylor, Inventing Times Square: Commerce and Culture at the Crossroads of the World

Lizabeth Cohen, Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939
Thomas Dublin, Women and Work: The Transformation of Work and Community in Lowell, Massachusetts, 1826-1880
Tamara K. Hareven, Family Time and Industrial Time: The Relationship Between the Family and Work in A New England Community
Joanne J. Meyerowitz, Women Adrift: Independent Wage Earners in Chicago, 1880-1930
Steven J. Ross, Workers on the Edge: Work, Leisure, and Politics in Industrializing Cincinnati, 1788-1890
Sean Wilentz, Chants Democratic: New York City and the Rise of the American Working Class, 1788-1850

Katherine Bliss, Compromised Positions: Prostitution, Public Health, and Gender Politics in Revolutionary Mexico City
Patricia Cline Cohen, The Murder of Helen Jewett: The Life and Death of a Prostitute in Nineteenth- Century New York
Timothy J. Gilfoyle, City of Eros: New York City, Prostitution, and the Commercialization of Sex, 1790-1920
Mara L. Keire, “The Vice Trust: A Reinterpretation of the White Slavery Scare in the United States, 1907-1917,” Journal of Social History 35 (2001): 5-41
Kevin Mumford, Interzones: Black and White Sex Districts in Chicago and New York in the Early Twentieth Century
Ruth Rosen, ed., The Maimie Papers

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