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The "Double Exposure" of History in Evan S. Connell's "Mrs. Bridge and Mr. Bridge"

Shawn Gilmore
Journal of American Studies
Vol. 42, No. 1, Twentieth-Century American Literature (Apr., 2008), pp. 67-87
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40464240
Page Count: 21
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The "Double Exposure" of History in Evan S. Connell's "Mrs. Bridge and Mr. Bridge"
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Abstract

Evan S. Connell's Bridge novels, Mrs. Bridge (1959) and Mr. Bridge (1969), are products of a post-World War II culture set in a prewar Kansas City of the 1920s and 1930s. In this paper, I argue that these novels pointedly articulate their historically disjunct construction – remaining firmly planted in a carefully articulated history and geography of pre-World War II Kansas City and representing the alienation and dissipation of postwar suburban life – in both the presentation of the racial and social geography of Kansas City between the wars and in the gap between the novels' two generations of the Bridge family.

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