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Transatlantic Refractions: Ambivalence and Cultural Hybridity in the Euro-American Road Movie

DOI: 10.4000/ejas.8806

Keywords: popular culture , borders , counterculture , cultural hybridity , globalization , landscape , road movie

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This article analyses a variety of ways in which the “road movie” has been reinterpreted by modern European directors (German Wim Wenders, Finn Aki Kaurism ki) or American director Jim Jarmusch with his pronounced European sensibilities. Despite the ubiquity of American popular culture in many of these movies, the films themselves are far from representing a simple “colonization” on the part of American culture. The ambivalent view of the United States adopted by these men has helped transform a typically “American” genre into a new demonstration of transatlantic cultural hybridity.


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