The American Roadside In Émigré Literature, Film, And Photography
By Elsa Court


The book draws convincing parallels between important cultural shifts in postwar America-such because of the rise of culture and therefore the interstate highway system and the literature, film, painting, and photography produced by émigré artists of the amount. One especially vivid contribution to the sector comes within the book’s attention to the ways in which the pictures of the American roadside transmute as they're adapted between media.

This important new book traces the emergence of the American roadside as a crucial cultural space within the post-war literature, fiction, and photography of notable European émigrés. Building on a broad range of debates in literary studies, mobility studies, and cultural theory, this book provides a serious contribution to the study of mobility and place within the humanities.

Elsa Court’s The American Roadside in Émigré Literature, Film, and Photography: 1955-1985 may be a welcome contribution to the study of yank mobility within the postwar era from a transatlantic perspective. Its merits dwell its interdisciplinarity (it offers separate chapters on Nabokov, Frank, Hitchcock, and Wenders) and in its lucid engagement with European theorists of the late-twentieth century, which puts pressure on certain accepted notions of emptiness and non-placeless.