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Word Made Skin: Figuring Language at the Surface of Flesh

Karmen MacKendrick


Today, body and language are prominent themes throughout philosophy. Each is strange enough on its own; this book asks what sense we might make of them together. Words reach out. Hands pick up books; eyes or fingertips scan text. But just where, if at all, do words and bodies touch? In a trio of paired chapters, each juxtaposing an illustrative story or case study to a theoretical exploration, the book examines three somatic figures of speech: the touch, the fold, and the cut. In the first pairing, resurrection stories in the Gospel of John are set ... More

Keywords: body, language, philosophy, touch, fold, cut, resurrection, sacred heart, inscribed bodies, theological

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780823224067
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823224067.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karmen MacKendrick, author
Philosophy Department, Le Moyne College

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