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Transnational Railway Cultures: Trains in Music, Literature, Film, and Visual Art

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Explorations in Mobility

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Transnational Railway Cultures

Trains in Music, Literature, Film, and Visual Art

Edited by Benjamin Fraser and Steven Spalding

250 pages, 17 illus., 1 map, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-918-1 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (October 2021)

eISBN 978-1-78920-919-8 eBook

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“Using interdisciplinary methods, the stimulating essays in this collection consider the ways that a wide variety of cultural texts represent the experience of train travel across national borders.” • Sunny Stalter-Pace, Auburn University

“A welcome addition to the growing scholarship on the cultural history of the railway, expanding the scope of inquiry geographically and culturally. All in all, a fascinating exploration of trains, cultures, nations, and passengers confronting borders, mobility, and migration.” • Anna Despotopoulou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens


Since the advent of train travel, railways have compressed space and crossed national boundaries to become transnational icons, evoking hope, dread, progress, or obsolescence in different cultural domains. Spanning five continents and a diverse range of contexts, this collection offers an unprecedentedly broad survey of global representations of trains. From experimental novels to Hollywood blockbusters, the works studied here chart fascinating routes across a remarkably varied cultural landscape.

Benjamin Fraser is Professor of Spanish in the College of Humanities at the University of Arizona. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies and co-editor of Trains, Mobility and Culture (2012) and Trains, Literature and Culture (2012).

Steven D. Spalding is an Independent Scholar with a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and a D.E.A. from the Université de Paris VIII. He is editor of the Transfers special section on Railways and Urban Cultures (2014) and co-editor of the books Trains, Mobility and Culture (2012) and Trains, Literature and Culture (2012).

Subject: Mobility StudiesCultural Studies (General)


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