From its beginnings, the road movie has shaped ideas about America both in the United States and beyond. While numerous scholars have examined this national dimension, they have paid very little attention to the environmental dimension of the genre. Most road movies make heavy use of shots of the natural environment through which the travelers pass, and all road movies make implicit or explicit statements about the importance and manifestations of mobility. The lecture examines some of the strategies road movies use to depict nature and mobility, and it discusses the political implications of this depiction.
Timo Müller is interim professor of American Studies at the University of Regensburg. His research areas include modernism, environmental studies, and African American studies. He is author of The Self as Object in Modernist Fiction: James—Joyce—Hemingway (2010) and The African American Sonnet: A Literary History (UP of Mississippi, 2018). He was a visiting professor at Ege University (Izmir, Turkey) and a visiting fellow at the British Library, Harvard, and Yale.
Date and place:
May 23, 2018
HS 10, 12-13:00