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Jeffrey Schnapp
Stanford University (Stanford, CA 94305-2004)

A Cultural History of the Concept of Velocity

I propose to write the first cultural history of velocity in Western culture: from the ancient Greek & Roman identification of speed with god-like agents to the coaching revolution of the 18th-19th centuries to the rise of mechanized conveyances and modern transportation networks in the 19th-20th centuries to the contemporary information revolution.

Project fields:
Comparative Literature

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2006 – 3/31/2007