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Scenes from the SuburbsThe Suburb in Contemporary US Film and Television$
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Timotheus Vermeulen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748691661

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748691661.001.0001

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Teen Noir: The Suburb as Lived Space

Teen Noir: The Suburb as Lived Space

(p.135) Chapter 5 Teen Noir: The Suburb as Lived Space
Scenes from the Suburbs

Timotheus Vermeulen

Edinburgh University Press

The fifth chapter looks at the ways in which three teen suburban noirs – Brick (Johnson, 2004), Alpha Dog (Cassavetes, 2006) and Chumscrubber (Posin, 2005) – engage with the suburban environment. The chapter pays attention to the ways which the teenagers – and their parents – (are able to) navigate space: where do they go, how do they move, how can they interact in space? Drawing on the work of Henri Lefebvre and Michel de Certeau as well as close textual analysis of dialogue and composition, it argues that these films, each in their own way, present the suburb not as a static, depthless non-place, but on the contrary as a space that can be experienced, extended and appropriated – in short, as a lived space.

Keywords:   Teen noir, Film noir, Brick, Alpha Dog, Chumscrubber, Spatial mobility, Lived space, Home, Marc Auge, Michel de Certeau

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