America’s Search for Space, from Emily Dickinson to Bob Dylan
At the centre of the book is the exposed and often shifting domain of the domestic threshold: Emily Dickinson’s doorstep, Edward Hopper’s doors and windows, and Harper Lee’s front porch. Bayley tracks these historically fragile territories through contemporary literature and ﬁlm, including Cormac McCarthy’s No Country For Old Men, Lars Von Trier’s Dogville, and Andrew Dominik’s The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford – works that explore local, domestic territories as emblems of nation. The culturally potent sites of the american home – the hearth, porch, backyard, front lawn, bathroom, and basement – are positioned in relation to the more conﬂicted sites of the American motel and hotel.
List of Plates ix Acknowledgements xi Introduction 1 Chapter 1 The Ideal Home 23 Chapter 2 Doors and Windows 61 Chapter 3 Hotels, Motels and Bathrooms 91 Chapter 4 Folding Frontiers and Lost Horizons 125 Conclusion: Home and Horizon 153 Notes 175 Bibliography 197 Index 211
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