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

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“About urban fantasy, or what I call a philosophy of urbanism.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“The apartment plot offers a vision of home, centered on values of visibility, contact, density, mobility, impermanence, permeability, spontaneity, and porousness that contrasts sharply with more traditional views of home as private, stable, and family-based.”

On the second:

“Rather than organize the chapters around subgenres—such as the musical, thriller, romance, etc.—I decided to organize them by ‘tenant’—bachelors, single girls, young marrieds, and African Americans.”