Public and Private Space in Literary Los Angeles
Chapter two reads two novels about Los Angeles—Karen Yamashita’s Tropic of Orange and Helena Viramontes’s Their Dogs Came with Them—in the context of the vexed relationship between public and private space under neoliberalism. Refusing to critique privatization with the rhetoric of public space, both authors develop new ways to generate meaning and value in and out of the neoliberal city by imagining urban development as a complex mixture of public and private values. With Yamashita’s turn to networked maps that shift in time and Viramontes’s fixation on an assortment of unassuming objects that suture together the space of the city, this chapter identifies alternative modes of value production that supersede the ideological divide between public and private that drives neoliberalism’s treatment of urban space.
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