Culture on two wheels : the bicycle in literature and film / edited and with an introduction by Jeremy Withers and Daniel P. Shea ; foreword by Zack Furness
- 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.
- "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 Resistance and in 1970s China stood for wealth and modernization. Lately it has functioned variously as the favored ideological steed of environmentalists, a means of community bonding and aesthetic self-expression in hip hop, and the ride of choice for bike messenger-idolizing urban hipsters. Culture on Two Wheels analyzes the shifting cultural significance of the bicycle by examining its appearances in literary, musical, and cinematic works spanning three continents and more than 125 years of history. Bringing together essays by a variety of cyclists and scholars with myriad angles of approach, this collection highlights the bicycle's flexibility as a signifier and analyzes the appearance of bicycles in canonical and well-known texts such as Samuel Beckett's modernist novel Molloy, the Oscar-winning film Breaking Away, and various Stephen King novels and stories, as well as in lesser-known but equally significant texts, such as the celebrated Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky's film Sacrifice and Elizabeth Robins Pennell's nineteenth-century travelogue A Canterbury Pilgrimage, the latter of which traces the route of Chaucer's pilgrims via bicycle. "--
"Analyzes how print and visual texts of various kinds reflect, refract, and respond to the social and political significance of the bicycle from its origins in the nineteenth century to the present"--
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- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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