By Ann Brigham
The freedom to move at any place and develop into somebody has profoundly formed our national
psyche. remodeling our feel of position and identity--whether by way of social and economic
prestige, or race and ethnicity, or gender and sexuality—American mobility could be nowhere more
vividly captured than within the picture of the open highway. From pioneer trails to the most recent car
advertisement, the line looms huge as a kind of expansiveness and
Too usually it's the celebratory suggestion of the line as a
free-floating region relocating the vacationer past the common issues of house and time that
dominates the dialogue. instead of taking into account mobility as an get away from cultural tensions,
notwithstanding, Ann Brigham proposes that we comprehend mobility as a method of engagement with them. She
explores the style of highway narratives to teach how mobility either prospers on and makes an attempt to
deal with transferring conflicts approximately area and society within the United States.
the earliest transcontinental vehicle narratives from the 1910s, via classics like Jack
Kerouac's On the Road and the movie Thelma &
Louise, as much as post-9/11 narratives, Brigham strains the ways that mobility has been
imagined, created, and interrogated over the last century and exhibits how mobility offers, and
threatens, to include the outsider and to blur barriers. Bringing jointly textual and
cultural research, theories of spatiality, and sociohistorical frameworks, this ebook deals an
invigoratingly varied view of mobility and a brand new knowing of the line narrative’s
value in American culture.
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American Road Narratives: Reimagining Mobility in Literature and Film (Cultural Frames, Framing Culture) by Ann Brigham