Mapping suburban fiction

Long, Christian (2013) Mapping suburban fiction. Journal of Language Literature and Culture, 60 3: 193-213. doi:10.1179/2051285613Z.00000000019

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Author Long, Christian
Title Mapping suburban fiction
Journal name Journal of Language Literature and Culture   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2051-2856
Publication date 2013-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1179/2051285613Z.00000000019
Volume 60
Issue 3
Start page 193
End page 213
Total pages 21
Place of publication Leeds, W Yorks, United Kingdom
Publisher Maney Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In spite of the practical importance of commuting to everyday suburban life, moments of commuting are rare in American fiction. While the experience of commuting offers chances for reflection and self-knowledge for the suburbanite’s psyche, that time for introspection comes at the cost of ignoring the built environment. The separation of home and work that the often-elided moments of commuting perpetuate generates a blindness to the suburban built environment and infrastructure. This article redirects an examination of suburban fiction outside and beyond the bounds of houses and workplaces by paying attention to scenes of commuting. Placing the space between home and work at the centre of the analysis allows us to understand and highlight the price of the suburban way of life, and to uncover the hidden structures of exploitation and inequality which a conventional account of post-war suburbia glides over.
Keyword Commuting
Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
The Corrections
Twentieth-century America
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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