Stopping at the dusty oasis

Author
Kranc, Stanley C.
Published 1 March 2017
Journal Australasian Journal of Popular Culture
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Abstract

Although the theme of the open road has dominated the cultural consciousness for generations, such travel and adventure are always interspersed by way-stops: stations along the way where one can pause − where things can happen within the limited environment of the place itself. This article explores the relationship between the road and these stops along the way, specifically in the context of a loose collection of several films, all involving a similar way-stop setting, a sort of arid nowhere. These films share a commonality that appears to derive from Foucault’s notion of ‘heterotopia’ − in that each way-stop constitutes an ‘other’ place. A productive search for antecedents and archetypes reinforces the heterotopic image projected. Further comparisons reveal the same sense of ambiguity and transience for fictional and real life sources as that found in the films examined.

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Title
Stopping at the dusty oasis
Author
Kranc, Stanley C.
Year
2017
Journal
Australasian Journal of Popular Culture
Document Type
Research Article
Language
eng
Subjects
Cairo, Illinois · Hero’s Journey · Heterotopia · Neo-noir · Road Trips · Way-stops
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