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Palgrave Macmillan

Mobilities, Literature, Culture

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  • Provides a comprehensive introduction to the "mobilities turn" in literary and cultural studies
  • Creates a dialogue between mobilities scholarship and modernism and postcolonialism
  • Features timely essays that examine national mobilities, migration, embodiment, globalization, and biopolitics

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

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Table of contents (12 chapters)


About this book

This is the first book dedicated to literary and cultural scholars’ engagement with mobilities scholarship. As such, the volume both advances new theoretical approaches to the study of culture and furthers the recent “humanities turn” in mobilities studies. The book’s scholarship is deeply informed by cultural geography’s vision of a mobilised reconceptualisation of space and place, but also by the contribution of literary scholars in articulating questions of travel, technologies of transport, (post)colonialism and migration through a close engagement with textual materials.  A comprehensive introduction maps pre-histories and emerging directions of this exciting interdisciplinary endeavor while taking up the theoretical and methodological challenges of the burgeoning subfield.  Contributions range across geographical and disciplinary boundaries to address questions of embodied subjectivities, mobility and the nation, geopolitics of migration, and mobilities futures.


“In Mobilities, Literature and Culture, Aguiar, Mathieson and Pearce have crafted a collection of writings at the apex of mobility studies, literature and an accelerating humanities-turn. Each essay is a gem, embarking on reflective, deep, critical, subtle, global—yet still intimate—creative and perceptive explorations of mobility. The collection deals with narratives, narrations and poetic expressions around mobile subjects, objects and technologies which are made somehow so lively, fleshy, corporeal, sympathetic and susceptible. The result is both timely and glorious.” (Peter Adey, Professor of Human Geography, Royal Holloway University of London, and author of Mobility,2nd edition (2017))


Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of English, Carnegie Mellon University , Pittsburgh, USA

    Marian Aguiar

  • School of Literature and Languages, University of Surrey , Guildford, UK

    Charlotte Mathieson

  • Department of English Literature & Creative Writing, Lancaster University , Lancaster, UK

    Lynne Pearce

About the editors

Marian Aguiar is Associate Professor in the Literary and Cultural Studies Program, Department of English at Carnegie Mellon University, USA.  She is the author of Tracking Modernity: India’s Railway and the Culture of Mobility (2011) and Arranging Marriage: Conjugal Agency in the South Asian Diaspora (2018).

Charlotte Mathieson is Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century English Literature in the School of Literature and Languages at the University of Surrey, UK. She is the author of Mobility in the Victorian Novel: Placing the Nation (2015).

Lynne Pearce is Professor of Literary and Cultural Theory at Lancaster University, UK. She is also Director for the Humanities at Lancaster’s Centre for Mobilities Research [CeMoRe].Her recent mobilities publications include Drivetime (2016) and Mobility, Memory and the Lifecourse (Palgrave 2019).

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