Mobility and Corporeality in 19th and 21st Century Anglophone Literature: Bodies in Motion aims at exploring the intersection of literary, mobility and body studies in Anglophone literature from the 19th century to the 21st century. Corporeal mobility includes a variety of mobile bodies that have long been othered and marginalised due to issues pertaining to gender, disability, race, and class. Yet there is a relative lack of academic work on it, despite the fact that Anglophone literature has increasingly portrayed the circulation of characters, objects, and information since the 19th century, echoing the many types of mobility that have occurred through processes of colonisation, decolonisation and globalisation. This book, therefore, discusses the ways in which literatures produced in the English-speaking world challenge normative depictions of bodies on the move and reconceptualise them by making corporeality an essential feature of movement across the world.
Jaine Chemmacheryis senior lecturer in postcolonial literatures at Sorbonne Université.
Bhawana Jain is assistant professor at the University of Angers.
Jaine Chemmachery and Bhawana Jain
PART I: OTHER(ED) AND MARGINALIZED BODIES IN MOTION
Chapter 1: Lucy's Transgressive Moves in Lady Audley's Secret
Sun Jai Kim
Chapter 2: Through Time and Space: Travelling Bodies in Archaeological Fiction
Chapter 3: “Doomed with Motion”: Transient Bodies in Light of August
PART II: DISABLED BODIES, AILING BODIES, AND MOBILITY
Chapter 4: The Shelleys' Tried Bodies in their Travel Literature: Demystification and Mythmaking
Chapter 5: Representing the Sick Male Body in David Livingstone’s Final Manuscripts (1865-1873)
Chapter 6: Disability and the Modalities of Displacement in the Early Fiction of J.M. Coetzee
PART III: RECONCEPTUALIZING MOBILE BODIES IN TRANSNATIONAL SPACES
Chapter 7: Writing Away from the Main: The Travelling Ways of Jamaica Kincaid's Unruly Prose
Chapter 8: Wilson Harris’s Resurrected Bodies
Chapter 9: Immobility, Female Corporeality and Self in the Transnational Space in Jude Dibia's Unbridled
PART IV: MIGRANT BODIES, UNSTABLE IDENTITIES, AND SUBJECTIVITIES IN TIMES OF CRISES
Chapter 10: [T]raveler without a Country - Wandering Bodies in Patricia Jabbeh Wesley’s When the Wanderers Come Home
Chapter 11: Mobility and Shame: The Refugee and the Terrorist in Mohsin Hamid and Jhumpa Lahiri
Chapter 12: Impossible Journey Home: From Compliant to Resistant Bodies. An Analysis of Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire
This is an inspiring collection whose chapters explore the thematic of the travelling body across a fascinating array of literary texts from the nineteenth century to the present. The close readings lend important new insights to our understanding of human mobility and, as a consequence, the volume will appeal to those working in mobilities studies as well as literary scholars.
This co-edited collection of essays stretches the research on the multiple intersections between body studies, migration and mobility studies in Anglophone literature and more generally speaking in the English-speaking world. Against the backdrop of a sanitary crisis that has shed a crude light on how somebodies have to stay put while others are forced to flee, this volume challenges our perceptions of how mobility, immobility, and everything in-between, is perceived, represented and interpreted. What emerges loud and clear is a poetics of corporeality at the crossroad of disciplines which contributes to a better understanding of the world we live in.