This American Studies project explored the relationship between two novels and a short story to the suburban landscape. The aim was to discover what created the desire for such disconnected, privatized lives and stopped America from becoming primarily urban? I concluded that cooperating external forces, such as the federal government, the real estate industry, automobile corporations and developers, influenced the move from cities to suburbs. While the history and design of suburbs displayed an overexaggerated ideal, suburban literature portrayed the suburb's inhabitants lived experience.
Vukelich, Elyse, "An Artificial Eden: Experiencing the Suburban Landscape in Postwar American Literature" (2013). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 432.
Literature in English, North America
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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