Midwesterners and the City, 1871-1919
Through innovative readings of Theodore Dreiser, Willa Cather, and Richard Wright, Spears argues that the migratory perspective was crucial to the rise of Chicago's emerging literary culture. In following the paths of several well-known migrants, including Jane Addams, cartoonist John T. McCutcheon, and businessman John Glessner, Spears also shows how the view from the hinterland permeated urban culture and informed the development of key Chicago institutions. Further exploring the notion of dreaming, he brings to light the internal desires that lured Midwestern migrants to the city as well as the nostalgia that led them to dream of the homes they left behind.
With this fascinating new take on the rise of Chicago, Chicago Dreaming blurs the line between country and city to reveal the provincial character of modern urban culture.
PART ONE : FRONTIERS OF DESIRE
1. Shock City
2. John and Frances Glessner
3. Stories of the Rising City
PART TWO : EXILES IN SUCKERLAND
4. George Ade and John T. McCutcheon
5 The Place of Nostalgia
PART THREE : THE POLITICS OF BEING NATIVE
6. Jane Addams
7. Among Immigrants
PART FOUR : BORDER CROSSINGS
8. Floyd Dell, Sherwood Anderson, and Tennessee Mitchell
9. Chicago Dreaming