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    Touch (Paperback) By (author) Gabriel Josipovici

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    DescriptionIn this brilliant book, a preeminent literary thinker muses over the central question of how we can feel at home in the world, given that the world is independent of and indifferent to our wishes. Drawing on books and films, cultural history and his own experiences, Gabriel Josipovici argues that it is possible to feel comfortable in the world and in our relationships with others only if we value touch over sight, if we respect distance but also work to overcome it. Josipovici moves from a Charlie Chaplin film to passages from Proust, from the world of sport to the world of addiction, from medieval pilgrimages to the cult of relics, from a wedding photograph of his grandparents to some of Chardin's most enigmatic paintings. Through these seemingly disparate topics he provides engaging and wise commentary on connection and communication in life. Contrasting the senses of sight and touch, Josipovici notes that although sight seems to give us the totality of what we behold, it is only when we walk or feel our way across the distances that things become more than images and begin to constitute the world in which we, as touchers and not mere observers, are included. If we depend on sight - which seems to offer a frictionless domination over reality - we may avoid the pains and uncertainties of living, but we also lose our involvement with life. Lucid, imaginative and daring, Josipovici's book will intrigue, inspire and indded touch a wide range of readers. Gabriel Josipovici is professor of English in the School of European Studies, University of Sussex, and visiting professor of comparative literature at Oxford. As well as novels, volumes of short stories, and plays, he has published a sequence of major works of criticism and cultural theory, including 'The Lessons of Modernism' (1977), 'Writing and the Body' (1982), 'The Book of God' (1988), 'Text and Voice' (1992), and 'Whatever Happened to Modernism?' (2010).

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    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gabriel Josipovici
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 160
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300181067
    ISBN 10: 030018106X

    B&T Book Type: NF
    DC21: 302.222
    BIC E4L: MED
    BIC subject category V2: DSB
    LC classification: PN
    BIC subject category V2: AB, GTC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.5
    BISAC V2.8: LIT000000
    Ingram Subject Code: LA
    Libri: I-LA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25820
    DC22: 302.222
    BISAC V2.8: ART000000
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    B&T General Subject: 495
    Abridged Dewey: 809
    BISAC V2.8: LAN004000, SCI056000, PSY000000
    Thema V1.0: AB, GTC, DSB
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    01 October 1996
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven