Archer, N (2017) Genre on the Road: The Road Movie as Automobilities Research. Mobilities, 12 (4). pp. 509-519. ISSN 1745-011X

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This article argues for the use of film studies in the study of mobilities, with a specific focus on the analysis of genre, and the particularly fictional character of genre film. The article focuses on genre’s emerging and shifting forms across temporal, geographical and gendered circumstances of production, identifying that the road movie establishes an imaginary relationship with actual contexts; one that is, in itself, highly suggestive as a means of representation. As I go on to discuss, with reference to specific film examples, this imaginary dimension to the fictional road film, and the nature of genre film as a mode of performance, enable it to envision or project subjective or repressed contexts of automotive mobility; contexts that are in this instance less accessible to more objective modes of observation and recording.

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Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Taylor & Francis at - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: automobility, genre, road movie, technology, sociology, performance
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2017 15:06
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2021 11:15

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