Word Made Skin
Figuring Language at the Surface of Flesh
By (author) Karmen MacKendrick
Word Made Skin by Karmen MacKendrick
Book DescriptionToday, 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, MacKendrick 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 against a chapter on touch, which draws on the work of Jean-Luc Nancy to argue that touch is, paradoxically, the most lasting of the sensory modes in which the resurrected body is presented. T. S. Eliot's "Ash Wednesday" is then paired with a Deleuzean meditation on the fold. The final pair of chapters examines the sacred heart, an extraordinarily popular Catholic devotional image with an intriguing set of devotees-medieval mystics, sweet old ladies, and tattooed punks-in light of theoretical work of Foucault on the idea of inscribed bodies, of the cut. Theologically and philosophically sophisticated, indeed masterly, the book never loses its ground in real, specific bodily experience, performing both at the highest levels of abstraction and at the most quotidian levels of everyday life.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780823224074
(3895mm x 5830mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Fordham University Press
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Karmen MacKendrick
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Author Biography - Karmen MacKendrick
Karmen MacKendrick is Joseph C. Georg Professor in the Philosophy Department at Le Moyne College. Her most recent book is Fragmentation and Memory (Fordham).
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