Article ID: CBB550769708

“Text-as-Means” versus “Text-as-End-in-Itself”: Some Reasons Why Literary Scholars Have Been Slow to Hop on the Mobilities Bus (March 2020)


Lynne Pearce (Author)

Volume: 10
Issue: 1
Pages: 76-84

Publication Date: March 2020
Edition Details: Special Anniversary Issue
Language: English

This article explores three reasons why literary scholars have been slow to engage with both the New Mobilities Paradigm and the New Mobilities Studies promoted by Transfers, namely: (1) the residual conservatism of “English studies”; (2) the sort of textual practice associated with “literary criticism” (where the text remains the primary object of study); and (3), the tension between the humanist and/or “subject-centered” nature of most literary scholarship and the posthumanist approaches of mobilities scholars based in the social sciences and other humanities subjects. However, the close reading of literary and other texts has much to contribute to mobilities studies including insight into the temporalities—both personal and social—that shape our long-term understanding of contemporary events such as the current pandemic.

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Authors & Contributors
Lina Pinto García
Tousignant, Noemi
Jan Ploeger
Oldenziel, Ruth
Mateusz Laszczkowski
Ildikó Zonga Plájás
Social Studies of Science
Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society
Science, Technology and Human Values
The Journal of Transport History
East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
Technoscience; science and technology studies
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Land transportation
Luud Schimmelpennink
Wajcman, Judith
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
20th century, late
Great Britain

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