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Carnal Hermeneutics$
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Richard Kearney and Brian Treanor

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823265886

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823265886.001.0001

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Touched by Touching

Touched by Touching

(p.173) Touched by Touching
Carnal Hermeneutics

David Wood

Fordham University Press

In this chapter, the author reflects on a variety of ordinary experiences in order to draw on the creative plurivocity of meaning in our concepts. Touch is offered as an exemplary case. The author considers a variety of phenomenon: feral cats turned semi-domestic mousers; the complexities of eroticism, intimacy, and visual/tactile sensations between romantic partners; the indirect sexuality of flowers and pollinators; and the “vampire touch” of leeches. Throughout the author suggests that carnal hermeneutics must attend to the boundaries that are traversed—willingly or unwillingly—by touch.

Keywords:   Touch, Sexuality, Boundaries

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