Abstract

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.

Advisor

Hooley, Matt

Second Advisor

Roche, Jeff

Department

English; History

Disciplines

Literature in English, North America

Publication Date

2013

Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis

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