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Fast Cars, Clean Bodies is a very perceptive American book about France. I know of no equivalent in either language. It reads easily, elegantly, mobilizing a wealth of information. -- Denis Hollier, Yale University Kristin Ross provides a lucid, informed account of the rapid an disruptive transformation of French society and culture in the crucial period preceding 1968. Making a pointed use of the novel, film, cultural criticism, and the media, she charts the tensely related processes of domestic 'modernization' and decolonization, showing how they resulted in the colonization of everyday life. Certain to generate discussion and debate, Fast Cars, Clean Bodies is a thought-provoking tour de force that is important for both French studies and cultural studies in general. -- Dominick LaCapra, Bowmar Professor of Humanistic Studies and Director of The Society for the Humanities, Cornell University Kristin Ross rocks our knowledge of a period: her feeling for the textures of modernization in post-war France subtly connects the well-plumbed, electrified domestic bliss of the modern couple innovative torture in Algeria, car crashes to urban renovation, the new woman to the new man. She renews the ways in which a cultural history can read between the archives of cinema, literature, ethnography, and sociology, so that, in a series of astonishing encounters, it seems as reasonable for Jacques Tati to rub shoulders with Francoise Sagan as with Fernand Braudel. -- Adrian Rifkin, Professor of Fine Art, University of Leeds An original and illuminating re-interpretation of post-war French culture and of the myth of modernization. -- Jill Forbes, Ashley Watkins Professor of French, University of Bristol

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Kristin Ross is Professor of Comparative Literature at New York University. She is the author of The Emergence of Social Space: Rimbaud and the Paris Commune.

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A rare example of cultural studies done with zest as well asdepth...this must be the first book to make a firm link between [Jacques Tati's] MonsieurHulot's Holiday and [Roland Barthe's] Mythologies. -New Statesman & Society
A rare example of cultural studies done with zest as well asdepth...this must be the first book to make a firm link between [Jacques Tati's] MonsieurHulot's Holiday and [Roland Barthe's] Mythologies. -New Statesman & Society * Reviews *

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