A new critical perspective on the relationship between text and tact in 20th- and 21st-century literature and theoryWhile the field of haptic aesthetics has received significant critical interest in recent years, the intimate connection between touching and writing remains neglected. Contributing to current debates in deconstruction and psychoanalysis, Tactile Poetics: Touch and Contemporary Writing offers a new critical perspective on the relationship between text and tact. Through close readings of authors such as John Berger, Elizabeth Bowen, Anne Carson, Siri Hustvedt, and Michael Ondaatje, the volume proposes a theory of tactile poetics in order to examine the co-implication of touch and writing in a range of genres including the novel, poetry, short fiction, autobiography and film. Drawing on insights from Didier Anzieu, He ne Cixous, Jacques Derrida, Sigmund Freud and Jean-Luc Nancy, Tactile Poetics examines the skin-effects of language and the law of tact that always interrupts contact. Celebrating the intersections between creative and critical writing and exploring diverse literary textures, this book deviates from grasping and licking to false hands and phantom limbs, considering the effects of spectral contact on how we hand on ways of thinking about reading and writing. Key Features: - Conceptualises the relationship between touching and writing through a theory of 'tactile poetics'- Offers in-depth analysis of a range of literary genres including short fiction, poetry, autobiography, correspondence and the novel- Examines writings on touch by Anzieu, Cixous, Derrida, Freud and Nancy- Explores the intersections between creative and critical thinking and writing Sarah Jackson is Senior Lecturer in English and Programme Leader MA in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University.
Edinburgh University Press
Touch and Contemporary Writing