Cultural and Literary Representations of the Automobile in French Indochina

A Colonial Roadshow

  • Stéphanie Ponsavady

Part of the Studies in Mobilities, Literature, and Culture book series (SMLC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Stéphanie Ponsavady
    Pages 25-62
  3. Stéphanie Ponsavady
    Pages 63-98
  4. Stéphanie Ponsavady
    Pages 99-137
  5. Stéphanie Ponsavady
    Pages 183-210
  6. Stéphanie Ponsavady
    Pages 211-225
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 227-230

About this book


How are the pleasures and thrills of the automobile linked to France’s history of conquest, colonialism, and exploitation in Southeast Asia? Cultural and Literary Representations of the Automobile in French Indochina addresses the contradictions of the “progress” of French colonialism and their consequences through the lens of the automobile. Stéphanie Ponsavady examines the development of transportation systems in French Indochina at the turn of the twentieth century, analyzing archival material and French and Vietnamese literature to critically assess French colonialism. 


French colonialism colonialism Vietnam colonialism Indonesia mobility studies history of the automobile roads transportation history postcolonial studies mythology of colonialism

Authors and affiliations

  • Stéphanie Ponsavady
    • 1
  1. 1.Wesleyan UniversityMiddletownUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-94558-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-94559-0
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