Staying With/in: The Mobilities of Long-Term Relationships

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


Chapter  4 investigates the formative role mobilities of different kinds continue to play in the life of long-term relationships. As a point of contrast with the previous chapter, its focus is on indoor rather than outdoor space, and following—David Seamon’s work on “place ballet”—the way we move about it (and each other). The case-study centres on the British housewife, Nella Last’s, post-World War 2 “Mass Observation” diaries; however, this is preceded by a section on the North American poet, May Sarton, whose “Nelson” journals (1969–1973) demonstrate that single people, too, maintain relationships with their significant others through their movements about the home. The chapter also highlights the signal importance of automobility in sustaining Nella and Will Last’s long, and sometimes troubled, relationship.


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

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