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Fast Cars, Clean Bodies
Author: Kristin Ross

ISBN: 9780262680912
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 274
Published: 17 December 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.8 x 1.2
Description:
Winner, 1997 Laurence Wylie Prize, Association for French Culture. and Critics' Choice Award, Today's First Edition and San Francisco Review of Books. "Fast Cars, Clean Bodies" examines the crucial decade from Dien Bien Phu to the mid-1960s when France shifted rapidly from an agrarian, insular, and empire-oriented society to a decolonized, Americanized, and fully industrial one. In this analysis of a startling cultural transformation Kristin Ross finds the contradictions of the period embedded in its various commodities and cultural artifacts - automobiles, washing machines, women's magazines, film, popular fiction, even structuralism - as well as in the practices that shape, determine, and delimit their uses. In each of the book's four chapters, a central object of mythical image is refracted across a range of discursive and material spaces: social and private, textual and cinematic, national and international. The automobile, the new cult of cleanliness in the capital and the colonies, the waning of Sartre and de Beauvoir as the couple of national attention, and the emergence of reshaped, functionalist masculinities (revolutionary, corporate, and structural)...

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