(S)cars: Exploring America's Automotive Self


The article opens with an autoethnographic account of its author's encounter with the American sense of space in the context of the clash of his own and American cultural norms related to car ownership and car use. The initial anecdotes, in which the negative experiences of the authors lack of knowledge of the essentials of the car culture in the US prove to be instrumental in the process of learning and adaptation, lead to a more profound, historiosophic reflection upon the cars as vehicles of ethics across American cultural history. 


America; Europe; cars; projections; idealization; ethics; American cultural history; trauma

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Published : 2021-12-19

JędrzejkoP. (2021). (S)cars: Exploring America’s Automotive Self. Review of International American Studies, 14(2), 5-13. https://doi.org/10.31261/rias.11708

Paweł Jędrzejko  pawel.jedrzejko@us.edu.pl
University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland  Poland

Pawel Jedrzejko, D.Litt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of American Literature
Institute of Literary Studies
Faculty of Humanities
University of Silesia in Katowice
ul. Gen. Stefana Grota-Roweckiego 5
41-205 Sosnowiec

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