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The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination

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Publisher Comments:

"Sarah Schulman, as always, hits the nail on the head. I can't imagine a more insightful probe into gentrification and its inhumane consequences. Everyone needs to read this book."—Martin Duberman, author of Stonewall

“Sarah Schulman's The Gentrification of the Mind is a bulwark against the collective loss of memory. AIDS, gentrification, the struggle for gay rights, the class war that has driven entire communities of artists, immigrants, and outsiders from the neighborhoods they created—all these things have been erased by the official culture. Schulman's book will make you rage and weep, and then—just maybe—organize.”—Luc Sante, author of Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York

"Hard-headed, sensitive, and informed, this book will make the confused world of urban redevelopment and gentrification make notably more sense. Schulman has a mind as clear as a bell in evening. You'll be glad you read it. I was."—Samuel R. Delany, author of Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders

Synopsis:

In this gripping memoir of the AIDS years (1981–1996), Sarah Schulman recalls how much of the rebellious queer culture, cheap rents, and a vibrant downtown arts movement vanished almost overnight to be replaced by gay conservative spokespeople and mainstream consumerism. Schulman takes us back to her Lower East Side and brings it to life, filling these pages with vivid memories of her avant-garde queer friends and dramatically recreating the early years of the AIDS crisis as experienced by a political insider. Interweaving personal reminiscence with cogent analysis, Schulman details her experience as a witness to the loss of a generations imagination and the consequences of that loss.

About the Author

Sarah Schulman, Distinguished Professor of English at CUNY, Staten Island, is the author of nine novels, five books of nonfiction, plays, and films.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Making Record from Memory

Part I. Understanding the Past

1. The Dynamics of Death and Replacement

2. The Gentrification of AIDS

3. Realizing That Theyre Gone

Part II. The Consequences Of Loss

4. The Gentrification of Creation

5. The Gentrification of Gay Politics

6. The Gentrification of Our Literature

Conclusion: Degentrification—The Pleasure of Being

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780520280069
Subtitle:
Witness to a Lost Imagination
Author:
Schulman, Sarah
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Medical Specialties
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20130902
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.75 in

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In this gripping memoir of the AIDS years (1981–1996), Sarah Schulman recalls how much of the rebellious queer culture, cheap rents, and a vibrant downtown arts movement vanished almost overnight to be replaced by gay conservative spokespeople and mainstream consumerism. Schulman takes us back to her Lower East Side and brings it to life, filling these pages with vivid memories of her avant-garde queer friends and dramatically recreating the early years of the AIDS crisis as experienced by a political insider. Interweaving personal reminiscence with cogent analysis, Schulman details her experience as a witness to the loss of a generations imagination and the consequences of that loss.
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