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Tactile PoeticsTouch and Contemporary Writing$
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Sarah Jackson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748685318

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748685318.001.0001

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So Close

So Close

Writing that Touches

(p.64) Chapter 4 So Close
Tactile Poetics

Sarah Jackson

Edinburgh University Press

Developing the book's examination of the relationship between writing, touching and not-touching, this chapter presents a theory of ‘tactile poetics’. Discussing Jacques Derrida's account of Hélène Cixous's writing as a ‘poem of touch’, it considers the ways that her language simultaneously interrogates and enacts contact, touching the reader in strange and sometimes startling ways. Reading the material surface of Cixous's autobiographical novel, So Close, it discusses the connection between touching and feeling, and explores the ways that different literary textures circulate affect. Drawing on the work of Renu Bora in order to distinguish between literary ‘texture’ and ‘texxture’, it analyses how different texts can touch each other, and when this contact might be read as tampering.

Keywords:   feeling, tactile poetics, tampering, texture, texxture, Renu Bora, Hélène Cixous, Jacques Derrida

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