“Walking Out”: The Mobilities of Courtship

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


Chapter  3 explores the role of mobility at the beginning of romantic involvements in line with the book’s thesis that it is the ‘tracks’—both literal and metaphorical—that we lay down during this phase that come to characterise and define the relationship in question, and later become one of the means by which we both remember and memorialise it. The case-study focuses on the (British) World War 2 ‘courtship’ diaries of Audrey Deacon and Doreen Bates and attends, in particular, to the role of recreational walking—and travel, more generally—in the evolution of the relationships described. The case-study is preceded by a section which draws upon a selection of twentieth-century literary texts in order to contextualise the ways in which various kinds of transportation—e.g., cars, trains and walking—may be seen to play a role in the process of falling in love.


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

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