Trains, Literature, and Culture
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Trains, Literature, and Culture : Reading and Writing the Rails

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This volume delves into the rich connections between rail travel and the creation of cultural products from short stories to novels, from photographs to travel guides, and from artistic manifestos of the avant-garde to Freud's psychology. Each of the contributions engages in critical readings of textual or visual representations of trains across a wide spectrum of time periods and traditions-from English and American to Mexican, West African, and European literary cultures.show more

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  • Hardback | 230 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 498.95g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739165607
  • 9780739165607
  • 2,125,580

About Steven D. Spalding

Steven D. Spalding is assistant professor of French at Christopher Newport University. Benjamin Fraser is assistant professor of Spanish at The College of Charleston, South Carolina. He is also the author of the monographs Disability Studies and Spanish Culture (Liverpool UP, forthcoming), Henri Lefebvre and the Spanish Urban Experience (Bucknell UP, 2011) and Encounters with Bergson(ism) in Spain (U North Carolina P, 2010) as well as the editor and translator of Deaf History and Culture in Spain (Gallaudet UP, 2009).show more

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After generations of narrowly based scholarship, railways are now receiving the attention they deserve from scholars across the humanities able to unpack the culturally complex textures and spaces of transport, travel and mobility. This collection of essays makes a most important contribution towards this task. Theoretically informed and broad in historical and thematic scope, this book provide a set of fascinating insights into the intricate relationships between railways, mobilities and the cultures of modernity. -- George Revill, The Open Universityshow more

Table of contents

Introduction Benjamin Fraser and Steven Spalding Part I. Race, Class, and Gender Chapter 1: Railroad Blues: Crossing the Tracks of Gender, Class and Race Inequities in the Blues and Ann Petry's The Street Claudia May Chapter 2: Nineteenth-Century German Women Writers on the Railroad Beth Muellner Part II. Politics and Poetics Chapter 3: Technology Transfer, the Railway and Independence in Ousmane Sembene's Les Bouts de bois de Dieu Roxanna Curto Chapter 4: Futurist Trains: Aesthetics and Subjectivity in the Italian Avant-Garde Alessio Lerro Part III. Visual Cultures Chapter 5: Sublime Hieroglyphics: The Pacific Coast Views 1867-1872 of Carleton Watkins Scott Palmer Chapter 6: Modernity, Anxiety and the Development of a Popular Railway Landscape Aesthetic, 1809-1879 Matt Thompson Part IV. New Critical Transfers Chapter 7: Mapping Memory Through the Railway Network: Reconsidering Freud's Metaphors from the Project for a Scientific Psychology to Beyond the Pleasure Principle Claudie Massicotte Chapter 8: Killer Trains and Thrilling Travels: the Spectacle of Mobility in Zola and Proust Steven D. Spalding Part V. Economics and Power Chapter : Class and Counterfeiting during the Porfiriato: Gutierrez Najera's "The Streetcar Novel" Jose Eduardo Gonzalez Chapter 10: Train, Trestle, Ticker: Railroad and Region in Frank Norris's The Octopus and Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton's The Squatter and The Don Michael Velezshow more

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