Roadscapes, a Sociopoetics of the Road
How do we imagine the road? If the road inspires freewheeling adventure in the spirit of Jack Kerouac, it can also be a site of our vulnerabilities. This collection highlights the work of artists, writers, and filmmakers from the Anglophone world who have drawn upon the road as a cultural landscape. The road reveals our sense of curiosity, our anxieties, our sorrows, and our disquiet with modern technology or the power dynamics of class and gender. This volume, with a foreword by Jeremy Bassetti, host of the award-winning podcast “Travel Writing World,” brings together international researchers and writers, including two original poems by the French-New Zealander poet, Lynette Thorstensen. This book will be of interest to students and scholars interested in 20th and 21st century art and culture, particularly road narratives.
Catherine Morgan-Proux holds a PhD in American literature and is a lecturer in Anglophone studies at Université Clermont Auvergne, France. She is a member of the Centre des Recherches sur les Littératures et la Sociopoétique, where she carries out research on travel narratives, and has published several chapters in edited volumes. In 2019, she was awarded a fellowship at the Kluge Center in the Library of Congress, Washington, DC, for a project on cultural representations of women and the road.
Leisha Ashdown-Lecointre teaches English at Université Clermont Auvergne, France. She has a PhD in 19th-century French literature and is a member of the Centre des Recherches sur les Littératures et la Sociopoétique, where she researches on pantomime, the portrayal of the actor in nineteenth century French literature, and the links between French regional and national authors and their correspondence.
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