SuburbiaNation: Reading Suburban Landscape in Twentieth Century American Film and Fiction / Edition 1
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SuburbiaNation: Reading Suburban Landscape in Twentieth Century American Film and Fiction / Edition 1

by R. Beuka
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1403963401

ISBN-13: 9781403963406

Pub. Date: 02/13/2004

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US

The expansion of the suburban environment is a fascinating cultural development. In fact, the United States is primarily a suburban nation, with far more Americans living in the suburbs that in either urban or rural areas. Why were suburbs created to begin with? How do we define them? Are they really the promised land of the American middle class? The concept of space

Overview

The expansion of the suburban environment is a fascinating cultural development. In fact, the United States is primarily a suburban nation, with far more Americans living in the suburbs that in either urban or rural areas. Why were suburbs created to begin with? How do we define them? Are they really the promised land of the American middle class? The concept of space and how we create it is a concept that is receiving a great deal of academic attention, but no one has looked carefully at the suburban landscape through the lens of fiction and of film.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403963406
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
02/13/2004
Edition description:
2004
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Utopia, Dystopia, Heterotopia: The Suburban Landscape in Twentieth Century American Culture and Thought 'The hour of a profound human change': Transitional Landscapes and the Sense of Place in Two Proto-Suburban Narratives Finding the Worm in the Apple: John Cheever, Class Distinction, and the Postwar Suburban Landscape Honey, I'm Home (?): Rabbit, Benjamin, and the Imperiled Suburban Male Approaching Stepford: Gender, Suburbia, and the Politics of Domesticity Color Adjustment: African American Representations of Suburban Life and Landscape Conclusion

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