American Road Narratives: Reimagining Mobility in Literature by Ann Brigham

By Ann Brigham

The freedom to head anyplace and develop into somebody has profoundly formed our national
psyche. reworking our experience of position and identity--whether by way of social and economic
prestige, or race and ethnicity, or gender and sexuality—American mobility may be nowhere more
vividly captured than within the photo of the open street. From pioneer trails to the newest 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 visitor past the common issues of area and time that
dominates the dialogue. instead of contemplating mobility as an break out from cultural tensions,
notwithstanding, Ann Brigham proposes that we comprehend mobility as a style of engagement with them. She
explores the style of highway narratives to teach how mobility either flourishes 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 &
as much as post-9/11 narratives, Brigham lines the ways that mobility has been
imagined, created, and interrogated during the last century and indicates how mobility offers, and
threatens, to include the outsider and to blur limitations. Bringing jointly textual and
cultural research, theories of spatiality, and sociohistorical frameworks, this e-book bargains an
invigoratingly diversified view of mobility and a brand new knowing of the line narrative’s
value in American culture.

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