Trains, Literature, and Culture: Reading and Writing the Rails by Steven D. SpaldingTrains, Literature, and Culture: Reading and Writing the Rails by Steven D. Spalding

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

EditorSteven D. Spalding, Benjamin FraserContribution byRoxanna Curto

Hardcover | December 29, 2011

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Trains, Literature and Culture: Reading and Writing the Rails 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. By turns trope, metaphor, and emblem of technological progress, these textual and visual representations of the train serve at times to index racial and gender inequalities, to herald the arrival of a nation's independence, and at still others to evince the trauma of industrialization. In each instance, the figure of the train emerges as a complex narrative form engaged by artists who were "Reading & Writing the Rails" as a way of assessing the competing discursive investments of cultural modernity.
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 Experien...
Title:Trains, Literature, and Culture: Reading and Writing the RailsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:230 pages, 9.46 × 6.38 × 0.94 inPublished:December 29, 2011Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0739165607

ISBN - 13:9780739165607


Table of Contents

IntroductionBenjamin Fraser and Steven Spalding Part I. Race, Class, and GenderChapter 1: Railroad Blues: Crossing the Tracks of Gender, Class and Race Inequities in the Blues and Ann Petry's The StreetClaudia MayChapter 2: Nineteenth-Century German Women Writers on the RailroadBeth Muellner Part II. Politics and PoeticsChapter 3: Technology Transfer, the Railway and Independence in Ousmane Sembène's Les Bouts de bois de DieuRoxanna CurtoChapter 4: Futurist Trains: Aesthetics and Subjectivity in the Italian Avant-GardeAlessio LerroPart III. Visual CulturesChapter 5: Sublime Hieroglyphics: The Pacific Coast Views 1867-1872 of Carleton WatkinsScott PalmerChapter 6: Modernity, Anxiety and the Development of a Popular Railway Landscape Aesthetic, 1809-1879Matt ThompsonPart IV. New Critical TransfersChapter 7: Mapping Memory Through the Railway Network: Reconsidering Freud's Metaphors from the Project for a Scientific Psychology to Beyond the Pleasure PrincipleClaudie MassicotteChapter 8: Killer Trains and Thrilling Travels: the Spectacle of Mobility in Zola and ProustSteven D. SpaldingPart V. Economics and PowerChapter : Class and Counterfeiting during the Porfiriato: Gutiérrez Nájera's "The Streetcar Novel"José Eduardo GonzálezChapter 10: Train, Trestle, Ticker: Railroad and Region in Frank Norris's The Octopus and María Amparo Ruiz de Burton's The Squatter and The DonMichael Velez

Editorial Reviews

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.