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Culture on two wheels : the bicycle in literature and film

Author: Jeremy Withers; Daniel P Shea
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Bicycles have more cultural identities than many realize, functioning not only as literal vehicles in a text but also as "vehicles" for that text's themes, ideas, and critiques. In the late nineteenth century the bicycle was seen as a way for the wealthy urban elite to reconnect with nature and for women to gain a measure of personal freedom, while during World War II it became a utilitarian tool of the French

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Culture on two wheels.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2016]
(DLC) 2016015069
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeremy Withers; Daniel P Shea
ISBN: 9780803269729 0803269722
OCLC Number: 928607621
Description: xiv, 346 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: pt. 1 BIKES IN LITERATURE --
1. Pilgrims on Wheels: The Pennells, F.W. Bockett, and Literary Cycle Travels / Dave Buchanan --
2. From Charles Pratt to Mark Twain to Frank Norris: Horse versus Bicycle, Man versus Machine / Peter Kratzke --
3. "The Face of the Bicyclist": Women's Cycling and the Altered Body in The Type-Writer Girl / Alyssa Straight --
4. Bicycles and Warfare: The Effects of Excessive Mobility in H.G. Wells's The War in the Air / Jeremy Withers --
5. Like a Furnace: Alfred Jarry's The Supermale, Doping, and the Limits of Positivism / Corry Cropper --
6. Albertine the Cyclist: A Queer Feminist Bicycle Ride through Proust's In Search of Lost Time / Una Brogan --
7. The Existential Cyclist: Bicycles and Personal Responsibility in Simone de Beauvoir's The Blood of Others / Nanci J. Adler --
8. Communing with Machines: The Bicycle as a Figure of Symbolic Transgression in the Posthumanist Novels of Samuel Beckett and Flann O'Brien / Amanda Duncan --
9. "Hi-Yo, Silver": The Bicycle in the Fiction of Stephen King / Don Tresca --
pt. 2 BIKES IN FILM --
10. "I'll Get You, My Pretty!": Bicycle Horror and the Abject Cyclicity of History / Matthew Pangborn --
11. Bicycles in Truffaut's Jules and Jim: Images of Emancipation and Repression / Charles L.P. Silet --
12. We Hope, and We Lose Hope: The Postman's Bicycle in Andrei Tarkovsky's The Sacrifice / Benjamin Van Loon --
13. Bicycle Borrowers after Neorealism: Global Nou-velo Cinema / Anne Ciecko --
14. Breaking Away and Vital Materialism: Embodying Dreams of Social Mobility via the Bicycle Assemblage / Ryan Hediger --
15. Beijing Bicycle: Desire, Identity, and the Wheels / Jinhua Li --
16. "Swerve! I'm on My Bike": Mediated Images of Bicycling in Youth-Produced Hip-Hop / Melody Lynn Hoffmann.
Responsibility: edited and with an introduction by Jeremy Withers and Daniel P. Shea ; foreword by Zack Furness.


Analyses the shifting cultural significance of the bicycle by examining its appearances in literary, musical, and cinematic works. Bringing together essays by a variety of cyclists and scholars with  Read more...


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"Interesting and valuable."-D. R. Jamieson, CHOICE -- D. R. Jamieson * CHOICE * "Culture on Two Wheels offers an extensive and unique analysis for anyone interested in bicycles, especially those who Read more...

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