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Tactile Poetics

Touch and Contemporary Writing

Sarah Jackson

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Introduction: Each Word of Skin
1. Writing Bodies: Hustvedt’s Textual Skin
2. Expeausition: Ondaatje’s Skin-Effects
3. The Law of Tact: Freud and H.D.
4.So Close: Writing that Touches
5. Dis-tanz: 29 Tangos
6. Hand Delivered: From A to X
7. Digital Technologies and Prosthetic Possibilities
8. Phantom Limbs: Bowen’s ‘Hand in Glove’

About the Author

Sarah Jackson is Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in English at Nottingham Trent University and Programme Leader MA in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University. She is the editor of Oxford Literary Review, 33.2 (2011), a special issue on deconstruction and poetry, and the author of two books of poetry, Pelt (Newcastle: Bloodaxe, 2012, longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award) and Milk (Brighton: Pighog Press, 2008, shortlisted for the Michael Marks Poetry Award).


Tactile Poetics takes excellent care of the intellectual and imaginative possibilities of its subject. Jackson's lucid, subtle engagement with touch and associated topics combines a poet's sensitivity, scholar's rigour and thinker's curiosity. Her book belongs alongside classic studies by Anzieu, Connor and Nancy.

- Dr Sarah Wood, University of Kent and Guild of Psychotherapists

Tactile Poetics is an original and compelling study. It is also, in its singularly gentle manner, a work of pressing importance. Interweaving lucid and thought-provoking expositions of Anzieu, Merleau-Ponty, Derrida, Nancy and others, with deft and inventive readings of an adventurous range of recent fictional and poetic texts, Jackson’s book shows how the subject of touch is at the heart of contemporary writing and theory.

- Professor Nicholas Royle, University of Sussex
- Forum for Modern Language Studies Volume 52, Issue 2

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