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’We See America’: Mediatized and Mobile Gazes in Swedish Post-war Travelogues


Amanda Lagerkvist


In this article I explore the many different meanings of the mediatized meeting with New York (how gazing at the Manhattan skyline ‘felt like being at the movies’) from the point of departure of how traveling Swedes – mainly male, middle aged and of middle- and upper-class backgrounds – made sense of America in travel writing from 1945–1963. By analyzing the pivotal arrival scenes in these narratives in conjunction with the accompanying illustrations, I investigate the kinds of gazes that were called upon. I set out by arguing that their gazes reinforced a kind of ‘medial attitude’ which resonated with strong traditions of traveling and visualizing the other. But the article ultimately shows that when they approached the new world, experiences of mediatization and movement also invoked a range of other viewing possibilities that bore witness to their stance being first and foremost that of ambivalence, which implied that their gaze, their masculinity and their authority were set in motion.

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    International Journal of Cultural Studies, Vol 7, Nr 3.
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Amanda Lagerkvist

Amanda Lagerkvist is an Associate Professor of Media and Communication Studies and Wallenberg Academy Fellow in the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University. . With a PhD from Stockholm University in 2005, she had a two-year postdoc the... Läs vidare


Lagerkvist, A. (2004). ’We See America’: Mediatized and Mobile Gazes in Swedish Post-war Travelogues. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 7(3), pp. 321-342. doi: 10.1177/1367877904046301.