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Queering Decline: Sexuality, Race, and the Transformation of Twentieth-Century St. Louis

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posted on 01.08.2019 by Ian Thomas Darnell
The decline of many United States cities is a central theme in twentieth-century urban history. This dissertation queers “decline” by reinterpreting the history of St. Louis, a city that is an iconic and unusually stark example of the phenomenon. Focusing its analysis on the intersection of sexuality and race, the dissertation argues that St. Louis’s decline in large part amounted to a reorganization of metropolitan space jointly structured by heteronormativity and whiteness. Moreover, the dissertation queers the concept of “urban decline” itself, along with its putative opposite, “urban renewal.” Through the lenses of sexuality and race, it argues that “decline” and “renewal” were subjective, mutable, and political categories, and that the processes that they describe were often ambiguous in their consequences.

History

Advisor

Brier, Jennifer

Chair

Brier, Jennifer

Department

History

Degree Grantor

University of Illinois at Chicago

Degree Level

Doctoral

Degree name

PhD, Doctor of Philosophy

Committee Member

Schultz, Kevin Todd-Breland, Elizabeth Blair, Cynthia Friedman, Andrea

Submitted date

August 2019

Thesis type

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Language

en

Issue date

04/09/2019

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