Gerard Leone

Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Fellow in the Humanities

20062007 Forum on Travel

Gerard Leone

Art History, Philosophy

College '07

The Suburban Jeremiads: Critical Dialogues on American Suburbia

The theme of travel often lends itself to highly exotic topics. Yet the ubiquity of the American suburb belies its important relation to travel. Travel is bound by the idea of location, and in the debate about suburbia we have a fascinating, largely unanalyzed discussion about the nature of the locales and daily travels of half the population of America. What can books and periodicals from the past 15 years tell us about the implicit messages of the nature of those locales and travels?