Over the past twenty years there has been something of a ‘mobilities turn’ across many disciplines in the social sciences. This book charts the increasing influence this turn is having on scholars in the arts and humanities, tracing the importance of questions and feelings of movement to scholars and arts practitioners across fields such as literary studies, historical geography, history, poetry and film. The book outlines what a mobilities turn might look like in the arts and humanities, tracing a genealogy of humanities engagements with themes of movement and mobility, and examining the different methods and textual sources humanities scholars have deployed. The book is uniquely positioned to speak to two audiences: mobilities scholars in the social sciences interested in learning more about how literary and cultural texts may be incorporated into their research, and researchers in the humanities who have only recently discovered that their thematic, or conceptual interest, in movement and mobility speaks directly to theories and philosophies that have circulated in the social sciences. This diverse and stimulating collection demonstrates the potential for future intellectual dialogues and creative collaborations around the theme of mobility. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Mobilities journal.

chapter |16 pages

Mobility and the humanities

ByPeter Merriman, Lynne Pearce

chapter |11 pages

Genre on the road: the road movie as automobilities research

ByNeil Archer

chapter |11 pages

Mobilities of form

ByIan C. Davidson

chapter |13 pages

On writing portable place: George Eliot’s mobile Midlands

ByRuth Livesey

chapter |13 pages

Moving around children’s fiction: agentic and impossible mobilities

ByLesley Murray, Sonia Overall

chapter |13 pages

‘Driving-as-Event’: re-thinking the car journey

ByLynne Pearce

chapter |21 pages

Rethinking Mobile Methods

ByPeter Merriman