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Re-imagining the Los Angeles River

Author(s): John Peterson

Journal: The Brock Review
ISSN 1188-9071

Volume: 11;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 111;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Los Angeles | film studies | ecocriticism | environmentalism | environmental studies | urban studies | writing

This essay uses my students’ visit to the Los Angeles River and their written reflections on it as a narrative context for examining literary and filmic representations of the LA River. My larger goal is to illustrate the connection between these representations and the Los Angeles River’s various physical transformations and, in so doing, to underscore the relationship between a site’s storytelling traditions and its ecological degradation and/or preservation.
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