Romance Of The Road / Edition 1

Romance Of The Road / Edition 1

by Ronald Primeau
     
 

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… See more details below

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879726980
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
08/01/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction: Road As Genre1
2Backgrounds: A Chronology of Genre Memory17
3Disharmony and Protest33
4Search for a National Identity51
5Journeys of Self-Discovery69
6Escape, Experimentation, and Parody89
7The American Highway and Cultural Diversity107
8Reentry and the Road Mythos127
Epilogue141
Notes145
Works Cited149
Index167

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