Motor Flight: Gender, Power and the Automobile
Focusing on the impact of evolving transportation technologies, Green compares gender politics underlying Wharton's travel memoir A Flight through France (1908) with Hemingway's A Moveable Feast. Discusses Wharton's celebration of the automobile for the opportunities it affords women for agency, adventure, and discovery through independent travel. In Hemingway's memoir, the automobile is associated with loss of male agency, whether as soldier, husband, or writer. Green concludes that Hemingway privileges walking, over technological forms of travel like car or train, because of the feelings of control, independence, and empowerment provided through mental and physical exertion.