Touching Freud's dog: H.D.'s tactile poetics

Jackson, S. ORCID: 0000-0003-2454-0354, 2010. Touching Freud's dog: H.D.'s tactile poetics. Angelaki, 15 (2), pp. 187-201.

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"Do not touch me", Frau Emmy warns Freud in 1889. "Do not touch", Freud echoes in 1933. This time, he is referring to his pet chow, Yofi, warning H.D. that "she snaps - she is very difficult with strangers". Examining the prohibition in light of work by Jacques Derrida and Jean-Luc Nancy, this article charts the withdrawal that always interrupts touch. Despite Freud's taboo, however, H.D.'s writing seeks to make contact in strange and unnerving ways. Developing Julia Kristeva's account of the semiotic, this paper proposes a literature of touch. Reading H.D.'s poems, alongside Tribute to Freud, and her letters, the author demonstrates that H.D.'s poetics are always haunted by the very (im)possibility of contact.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Angelaki
Creators: Jackson, S.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date: 2010
Volume: 15
Number: 2
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 11:02
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2019 14:37

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