Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Wendy Allison Lee
This paper situates Paula Vogel's 1997 play How I Learned to Drive as an American memory play that is representative of 1990s cultural and political discourses rooted in nostalgia for the 1960s. By examining each character--the Greek Chorus, Peck, and Li'l Bit--within Lauren Berlant's 'intimate public sphere,' 1960s iconography, and memory practices, I argue that Vogel offers an allegory in Drive that characterizes this nostalgia as perverted and traumatizing rather than idyllic.
McNeil, Coco, "Twistin’ the Night Away: Perverted Nostalgia in How I Learned to Drive" (2021). English Honors Theses. 54.