Drivetime: Literary Excursions in Automotive Consciousness 

What sorts of things do we think about when we’re driving – or being driven – in a car? Drivetime seeks to answer this question by drawing upon a rich archive of British and American texts from ‘the motoring century’ (1900-2000), paying particular attention to the way in which the practice of driving shapes and structures our thinking. While recent sociological and psychological research has helped explain how drivers are able to think about‘other things’while performing such a complex task, little attention has, as yet, been paid to the form these cognitive and a ective journeys take. Pearce uses her close readings of literary texts – ranging from early twentieth-century motoring periodicals, Modernist and inter-war ction, American ‘road-trip’ classics , and autobiography – in order to model di erent types of ‘driving-event’ and, by extension, the car’s use as a means of phenomenological encounter, escape from memory, meditation, problem-solving and daydreaming.

Key Features

  • Brings Humanities-based perspectives to bear upon topical debates in automobilities and research
  • Introduces a new concept for understanding our journeys made by car by focusing on the driver’sautomotive consciousness rather than utility/function
  • Makes use of auto-ethnography to explore and theories automotive consciousness
  • Draws upon a rich archive of literary texts from across the twentieth-century including originalresearch into unknown writers featured in the early twentieth-century texts/motoring periodicals

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