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Mobility, Attentiveness and Sympathy in E. M. Forster’s Howards End

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This chapter argues that E. M. Forster’s Howards End shows how attentiveness, compassion and sympathy are human values that are grounded in, and developed through, people’s everyday encounters with the world. The depiction of speed, slowness, and autonomous mobility reveals that although fast-accelerated mobilities may increase human detachment and apathy to the world outside the vehicle, they encourage other forms of micro-mobilities and embodied interactions to be acknowledged and appreciated. By reading Howards End in relation to other Forsterian texts, I argue that the careful depiction of different types of embodied mobilities shows the extent to which the relationship between humans and the outside world is analogous to people’s personal relations.

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Dakkak, N. (2019). Mobility, Attentiveness and Sympathy in E. M. Forster’s Howards End. In: Aguiar, M., Mathieson, C., Pearce, L. (eds) Mobilities, Literature, Culture. Studies in Mobilities, Literature, and Culture. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-27072-8_5

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