Laura Tscherry is a first-year M.A. candidate and Research Assistant in the English Department, and is also working towards a certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies. She completed her BA with First Class Honours in English and German literature at University College London in 2013. Her research interests include modernist novels, urban studies, and the intersection of literature and the visual arts. She would like to thank Dr. Kamran Javadizadeh for his guidance and comments on this essay, which was inspired by his excellent seminar on the year 1959.