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Introduction

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

Abstract

Chapter  1 presents the conceptual origins of the book: namely, how it grew out of: the author’s previous monograph, Pearce, Drivetime: Literary Excursions in Automotive Consciousness (Edinburgh University Press, 2016b); her earlier work on the discourse of romantic love (in particular, the significance of repetition); and a triangulation of the work of the anthropologist, Tim Ingold, the geographer, David Seamon, and the philosopher, Henri Bergson. All these sources point to the formative role of mobilities of different kinds in the generation and sustenance of intimate personal relationships (including bereavement and other loss)—from walking and driving to the “micro-mobilities” of the body—and it is this hypothesis that the book proceeds to explore through close readings of twentieth-century diaries, memoirs, fiction and poetry. These texts, and the structure of the book as a whole, are also introduced here.

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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