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Haptic Modernism: Touch and the Tactile in Modernist Writing

Abbie Garrington


Haptic Modernism offers the first substantial account of the representation of the haptic sense modality in literature of the modernist period. That modality combines touch, kinaesthesis (the body’s sense of its own movement), proprioception (bodily orientation), and the vestibular sense (registering balance), four areas of sensory experience undergoing radical shifts, and new conceptualisations, in response to technological and scientific innovations in the modernist years. The work of James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Richardson, D. H. Lawrence and Rebecca West is considered alongside oth ... More

Keywords: Haptic, Touch, Kinaesthesis, Proprioception, Vestibular sense, Hand, Modernist literature, James Joyce, Rebecca West, Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Richardson

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748641741
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641741.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Abbie Garrington, author
Newcastle University