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125. The Lower East Side: Social Friction, Cultural Sparks, and the Materiality of Gentrification

Thursday, 9 January, 5:15–6:30 p.m., Chicago A–B, Chicago Marriott

A special session

Presiding: John Beckman, United States Naval Acad.

1. "Gutter Punk Avant la Lettre: B'hoys, G'hals, and the Pop-Cultural Bowery," John Beckman

2. "Urban Marginality and the Avant-Garde on the Lower East Side, 1975–84," Andrew Strombeck, Wright State Univ.

3. "Richard Price's Lower East Side: Cops, Culture, and Gentrification," Thomas Heise, McGill Univ.

For abstracts, write to after 30 Nov.


  • Genre, Theory, Method – Cultural Studies, Folklore, and Popular Culture

  • American Literature – General

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