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Ann Brigham
Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL 60605-1394)
The 20th Century American Road Narrative as a Literary Genre

In this book-length study, I analyze representations of mobility in twentieth-century automobile road narratives by examining sets of fictional, filmic, and/or non-fictional texts in relation to specific cultural contexts, discourses, and geographies. Viewed as everything from an extension of frontier ideology to the expression of counter culture, this literary genre can be defined by its repeated engagement with the uniquely American mythology of mobility. In defining the specific and changing textual meanings of mobility, I add a new perspective to road narrative scholarship, one that interrogates the terms of analysis and connects the genre to cultural and social history.

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Project fields:
American Literature

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$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2005 – 8/31/2005