By Catherine Jurca

This is the 1st publication to investigate our suburban literary culture. Tracing the suburb's emergence as a very important environment and topic of the twentieth-century American novel, Catherine Jurca identifies a decidedly masculine obsession with the suburban domestic and a preoccupation with its alternative--the event of non secular and emotional dislocation that she phrases "homelessness." within the approach, she demanding situations representations of white suburbia as prostrated by means of its personal privileges.

In novels as disparate as Tarzan (written by way of Tarzana, California, real-estate developer Edgar Rice Burroughs), Richard Wright's Native Son, and up to date fiction by way of John Updike and Richard Ford, Jurca unearths an emphasis at the suburb less than siege, a spot the place the lucky are inclined to see themselves as powerless. From Babbitt to Rabbit, the suburban novel casts homeowners dwelling in groups in their identifying as dispossessed humans. fabric benefits develop into artifacts of oppression, and affluence is fraudulently pointed out as impoverishment. The delusion of victimization reimagines white flight as a white diaspora.

Extending cutting edge tendencies within the examine of nineteenth-century American tradition, Jurca's research means that self-pity has performed a constitutive position in white middle-class id within the 20th century. It breaks new floor in literary heritage and cultural reviews, whereas telling the tale of 1 of our so much respected and reviled destinations: "the little suburban residence at number 1 million and ten Volstead road" that Edith Wharton warned could smash American existence and letters.

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