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Studies in Mobilities, Literature, and Culture

Cultural and Literary Representations of the Automobile in French Indochina

A Colonial Roadshow

Authors: Ponsavady, Stephanie

  • Contains an array of archival material
  • Synthesizes literary, cultural, mobility studies, and postcolonial research
  • Challenges Eurocentric views of the history of the automobile and mythologies of colonialism
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How are the pleasures and thrills of the automobile linked to France’s history of conquest, colonialism, and exploitation in Southeast Asia? Cultural and Literary Representations of the Automobile in French Indochina addresses the contradictions of the “progress” of French colonialism and their consequences through the lens of the automobile. Stéphanie Ponsavady examines the development of transportation systems in French Indochina at the turn of the twentieth century, analyzing archival material and French and Vietnamese literature to critically assess French colonialism. 


About the authors

Stéphanie Ponsavady is Assistant Professor of French Studies in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Wesleyan University, USA.

Reviews

“Ponsavady’s text is beautifully written, wide ranging, thoughtful, carefully researched and theorised, and eclectic in its inspirations. Original, assured, and sophisticated, this book will generate great interest and will provide an inspiration for further historical research into Indochina, as well as provide a model for the analysis of the history of other former colonies in these terms.” (Georgine Clarsen, Associate Professor and Discipline Leader of History, University of Wollongong, Australia)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: Minding the Gaps of Colonial Automobility

    Ponsavady, Stéphanie

    Pages 1-24

  • Paving the Way: Road and Empire Builders

    Ponsavady, Stéphanie

    Pages 25-62

  • Unfolding the Road: Automobile Pioneers

    Ponsavady, Stéphanie

    Pages 63-98

  • Sharing the Road: Road Users

    Ponsavady, Stéphanie

    Pages 99-137

  • Writing the Road: Journalistic and Literary Passages and Passengers

    Ponsavady, Stéphanie

    Pages 139-182

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-94559-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-94558-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cultural and Literary Representations of the Automobile in French Indochina
Book Subtitle
A Colonial Roadshow
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Mobilities, Literature, and Culture
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-94559-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-94559-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-94558-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 230
Number of Illustrations and Tables
18 b/w illustrations
Topics