Writing that Touches
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.
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