The compass of possibilities: re-mapping the suburbs of Los Angeles in the writings of D.J. Waldie

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/145903
Title:
The compass of possibilities: re-mapping the suburbs of Los Angeles in the writings of D.J. Waldie
Authors:
Campbell, Neil ( 0000-0001-5998-0259 )
Abstract:
This article uses the works of the writer, memoirist, and Lakewood, California public official, D. J. Waldie to deepen our concept of “region” and to re-assess many of the stereotypical discourses associated with the American suburbs. In the fashionable parlance of Mike Davis’ City of Quartz, Los Angeles has become defined by its “suburban badlands”; however, Waldie‘s work takes a different view in which his suburban home in LA is the focus for a more complex, multi-faceted approach to post-war suburbia. Typified by his re-assessment of the suburban grid as a “compass of possibilities,” his writings encourage a more nuanced and layered view of the communities and cultures fostered in such places. His key work Holy Land is an argument about why a disregarded place, an ordinary place like suburbia, can in fact contain qualities of life that are profound and reassuring. Through examining his work in its cultural and theoretical context this article looks below the expected “grid” of suburbia to demonstrate the rich life beyond its apparent anonymity.
Affiliation:
University of Derby
Citation:
Postfrontier Writing Issue, document 2, Online since 27
Publisher:
European Journal of American Studies
Journal:
European Journal of American Studies
Issue Date:
Oct-2011
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/145903
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
URL : http://ejas.revues.org/9272
Appears in Collections:
Identity, Conflict & Representation Research Centre; Department of Humanities; Department of Humanities

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dc.contributor.authorCampbell, Neilen
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-19T10:52:34Z-
dc.date.available2011-10-19T10:52:34Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-
dc.identifier.citationPostfrontier Writing Issue, document 2, Online since 27en
dc.identifier.issnURL : http://ejas.revues.org/9272-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/145903-
dc.description.abstractThis article uses the works of the writer, memoirist, and Lakewood, California public official, D. J. Waldie to deepen our concept of “region” and to re-assess many of the stereotypical discourses associated with the American suburbs. In the fashionable parlance of Mike Davis’ City of Quartz, Los Angeles has become defined by its “suburban badlands”; however, Waldie‘s work takes a different view in which his suburban home in LA is the focus for a more complex, multi-faceted approach to post-war suburbia. Typified by his re-assessment of the suburban grid as a “compass of possibilities,” his writings encourage a more nuanced and layered view of the communities and cultures fostered in such places. His key work Holy Land is an argument about why a disregarded place, an ordinary place like suburbia, can in fact contain qualities of life that are profound and reassuring. Through examining his work in its cultural and theoretical context this article looks below the expected “grid” of suburbia to demonstrate the rich life beyond its apparent anonymity.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherEuropean Journal of American Studiesen
dc.titleThe compass of possibilities: re-mapping the suburbs of Los Angeles in the writings of D.J. Waldieen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen
dc.identifier.journalEuropean Journal of American Studiesen
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