Pamela Robertson Wojcik


On her book The Apartment Plot: Urban Living in American Film and Popular Culture, 1945 to 1975

Cover Interview of November 07, 2010


The Apartment Plot should help revise the dominant view of the 1950s as homogenous, suburban, white, heterosexual, marriage-obsessed, and contained.

I would hope the book might also convince people to consider this wide-ranging group of films as a genre, while recognizing the fluidity of the apartment plot, its ability to absorb and reframe new ideas about the city.

I would also hope that others would examine the apartment plot in different contexts, different nations.  Sharon Marcus has written about apartment stories in British and French nineteenth century novels.  Perhaps someone will write about Polish or French apartment plots in film.

And I’d like to spur conversation about the meanings of the urban—how we view the urban, what counts among urban experience, and what philosophy of urbanism motivates us—and about the importance of space—in terms of genre, certainly, but also in terms of how space shapes identity, opportunity, and experience.

As much as anything, I hope The Apartment Plot will make you watch some of the movies and novels I write about—and engage the urban fantasy.

© 2010 Pamela R. Wojcik