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This programtakes on how film and fiction convey the experience of America through car trips. The beat-generation writer Jack Kerouac and On the Road’s postwar celebratory travel, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita and the European corruption of American innocence; and travel as fear, amusement, opportunity for escape, and paranoid dream are the focus. Also, the movie Thelma and Louise as a feminist buddy film in which the heroines discover things about themselves, each other, and the United States is featured.

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