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    Touching and not touching

    Segal, Naomi (2014) Touching and not touching. In: Marcus, L. and Mukherjee, A. (eds.) A Concise Companion to Psychoanalysis, Literature, and Culture. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 410-424. ISBN 9781405188609.

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    This chapter looks at those dimensions of the human sensorium which lie outside “the five senses,” as they are conventionally understood. It discusses the multiple dimensions of “touch” in the context of contemporary theoretical understandings of the senses as a multiplicity. It opens up the significance of “touch” in psychoanalytic theory, including Didier Anzieu's concept of the “skin-ego,” and explores an understanding of the self as “a complex structure of surfaces.” The chapter examines the ways in which human relations based on touch are played out, or resisted, in works of literature, including writings by Baudelaire, Hugo, and Kafka.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Anzieu, Baudelaire, desire, flying dreams, hovering, literary authorship, love, senses, skin, touch
    School: School of Arts > Cultures and Languages (to 2020)
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 27 May 2014 10:43
    Last Modified: 30 Oct 2014 10:54


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