Romance Of The Road / Edition 1

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Overview

In journeys of self-discovery, quests to define our national identity, opportunities to escape from the daily routine, and expressions of social protest - the American road narrative has been a significant and popular literary genre for four decades. Romance of the Road captures America's love affair with roads, cars, travel, speed, and the lure of open spaces. With roots reaching back to quest romance and pilgrimage, the literature of the American highway explores our diverse and often conflicted cultural values. This comprehensive study of an important American art form examines how road narratives create dialogues between travelers, authors, and readers about who we are, what we value, and where we hope to be going.
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"Americans have treated the highway as sacred space," says Primeau (English, Central Michigan U.) introducing the rich tradition of prose and non-fiction road narratives that include On the Road, Grapes of Wrath, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, and the Journals of Lewis and Clark. Primeau critically examines these and other works from the position of travel as pilgrimage resulting in identifiable themes of protest, self discovery, picaresque parody, and myth making. Paper edition (unseen), $17.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879726980
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 1,058,387
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction: Road As Genre 1
2 Backgrounds: A Chronology of Genre Memory 17
3 Disharmony and Protest 33
4 Search for a National Identity 51
5 Journeys of Self-Discovery 69
6 Escape, Experimentation, and Parody 89
7 The American Highway and Cultural Diversity 107
8 Reentry and the Road Mythos 127
Epilogue 141
Notes 145
Works Cited 149
Index 167
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