From architecture to archetype: space and self in suburban literature

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dc.contributor Beidler, Philip D.
dc.contributor Bilwakesh, Nikhil
dc.contributor Adrian, Lynne M.
dc.contributor McNaughton, James
dc.contributor.advisor Whiting, Frederick
dc.contributor.author Wells, Matthew
dc.date.accessioned 2017-07-28T14:12:41Z
dc.date.available 2017-07-28T14:12:41Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0002663
dc.identifier.other Wells_alatus_0004D_13093
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/3259
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract My project examines the complex correlations between architectural changes in the suburban home and representations of the suburban man. For years, these ideas have been discussed separately, but I forward a reading that presents architecture and archetype in concert. My project focuses on architectural changes to the suburban home and how those changes affect middle class anxieties of the midcentury. To further my argument, I rely on twentieth century suburban literature, starting with Sinclair Lewis’ Babbitt and ending with John Cheever, Richard Yates, and John Updike. By comparing literature and architecture, I highlight the cracks in the monolithic image of the suburban man in media. To identify shifts in his character, I study the suburban man’s home. Material and architectural changes to the suburban home create specific zones within the house. For this project, I have designation the bedroom, office, living room, lawn, and kitchen as the key spaces to understanding the suburban man. The suburban man responds to the changing issues of his time, and the design modifications in the twentieth century work in tandem with the nuanced changes of the archetype. The suburban man performs a different identity dependent upon the room he is in, and as the rooms change, so does the suburban man. Despite his attempts to adapt, economic, social, and architectural changes leave him grasping for an identity that is no longer relevant to a world in which he lacks total control over his social and occupational life.
dc.format.extent 178 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other American literature
dc.subject.other American studies
dc.subject.other Architecture
dc.title From architecture to archetype: space and self in suburban literature
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of English
etdms.degree.discipline English
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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