‘This Situation Can Be Duplicated’: Text as Radical Placemaking Tool

  • George Francis BickersEmail author


Inspired by Edward Soja’s theoretical work on spatiality, this chapter looks at Los Angeles fiction between 1985 and 1997, exploring and exposing the nature of the freeway/road network as a means of spatial control and restriction and the means by which this spatial organisation is subverted in pursuit of alternative conceptions of space. Moving through the ideological oppression of urban spatial organisation to the struggle against physical oppression in Pynchon’s Vineland and Yamashita’s Tropic of Orange, the chapter demonstrates how a combination of ideological and physical disruption and struggle results in new conceptions of space within the urban environment and the transmission of an alternative spatial organisation.


Prefiguration Literature Los Angeles Spatiality Pynchon Yamashita 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of English, American Studies, and Creative WritingUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK

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