Mobility, Memory and the Lifecourse in Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture

  • Lynne Pearce

Part of the Studies in Mobilities, Literature, and Culture book series (SMLC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Lynne Pearce
    Pages 1-26
  3. Lynne Pearce
    Pages 211-270
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 227-294

About this book


This book explores the formative role of mobilities in the production of our close relationships, proposing that the tracks—both literal and figurative— we lay down in the process play a crucial role in generating and sustaining intimacy. Working with diaries, journals, and literary texts from the mid- to late-twentieth century, the book pursues this thesis through three phases of the lifecourse: courtship (broadly defined), the middle years of long-term relationships, and bereavement. Building upon the author’s recent research on automobility, the text’s case studies reveal the crucial role played by many different types of transport—including walking—in defining our most enduring relationships. Conceptually, the book draws upon the writings of the philosopher, Henri Bergson, the anthropologist, Tim Ingold, and the geographer, David Seamon, engaging with topical debates in cultural and emotional geography (especially work on landscape, memory, and mourning), mobilities studies, and critical love studies.


life-writing parent-child relationships literary mobility studies geocriticism romance relationships autobiography nonfiction travel literature humanities turn in mobility studies

Authors and affiliations

  • Lynne Pearce
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of English & Creative WritingLancaster UniversityLancasterUK

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