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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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Skin Deep

Skin Deep

Bodies Edging into Place

(p.159) Skin Deep
Carnal Hermeneutics

Edward S. Casey

Fordham University Press

This chapter gives a rich account the complex liaisons between body and place. A close examination of the experience of the body in solitary confinement leads the author to a discussion of the boundary sites of “edge” and “skin.” The author describes how the lived body is both “absolutely here” and always “edging into place,” and suggests that the skin is both the edge and the most intimate medium (metaxu) separating us from and connecting us to the world.

Keywords:   Prison, Confinement, Skin, Edge, Boundaries

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