New York City, New York (Location Key)


New York City figures in 10 different texts, in a variety of ways. The text that spends the most time in the city is The Mansion, which mentions a number of specific landmarks, like the Twenty-One and Stork Clubs and Central Park. The city's history as an immigrant community is gestured to in "Ad Astra," and as an embarkation point for Americans going to and from Europe in Flags in the Dust and Requiem for a Queen. Its financial district provides food for Jason Compson's hopes and fuel for his anger in The Sound and the Fury. The sweatshops that make clothes and the factories that make munitions come up in "Appendix Compson" and Sanctuary. Among the inhabitants of Yoknapatawha who go there are the Sartoris twins, who in Flags travel there from college to misbehave, and Linda Snopes, whom Gavin Stevens sends there to escape from her father and Mississippi; we don't know exactly where the twins go, but Linda goes to Greenwich Village, which Stevens calls "a place with a few unimportant boundaries but no limitations where young people of any age go to seek dreams" (The Town, 367). Included in this category are the descendants of the enslaved people on the Old Frenchman's plantation, who in both "Lizards in Jamshyd's Courtyard" and The Hamlet are referred to as "the progenitors of saxophone players in Harlem honky-tonks" (136). This is one of the fictions' few references to the Great Migration, as the 20th century movement by millions of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North is known.

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