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’We See America’: Mediatized and Mobile Gazes in Swedish Post-war Travelogues
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English. (Avdelningen Svenska institutet för Nordamerikastudier (SINAS))
2004 (English)In: International journal of cultural studies, ISSN 1367-8779, E-ISSN 1460-356X, Vol. 7, no 3, 321-342 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article I explore the many different meanings of the mediatized meeting with New York (how gazing at the Manhattan Skyline “felt like being at the movies”) from the point of departure of how traveling Swedes – mainly male, middle aged and of middle- and upper class backgrounds – made sense of America, in travel writing from 1945-1963. By analyzing the pivotal arrival scenes in these narratives in conjunction with the accompanying illustrations, I investigate the kinds of gazes that were called upon. I set out by arguing that their gazes reinforced a kind of “medial attitude” which resonated with strong traditions of traveling and visualizing the other. But the article ultimately shows that when they approached the new world, experiences of mediatization and movement also invoked a range of other viewing possibilities that bore witness to their stance being first and foremost that of ambivalence, which implied that their gaze, their masculinity and their authority were set in motion.

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London: Sage , 2004. Vol. 7, no 3, 321-342 p.
Keyword [en]
travel writing, media history, visual culture, mobile gazes, masculinity, imaginary America, urbanity
National Category
Media and Communications Humanities Human Geography
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-100150OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-100150DiVA: diva2:209647
Available from: 2009-03-26 Created: 2009-03-26 Last updated: 2010-11-24Bibliographically approved

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