Touch and intimacy in Ford Madox Ford's Novels

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After exploring the term intimacy, the chapter uses Jean-Luc Nancy's and Mark Paterson's analyses of touch to inform an analysis of the semantics and hermeneutics of touch in The Good Soldier. The essay then turns to the reinvention of intimacy by members of the Bloomsbury Group and Lauren Berlant's work on institutions of intimacy as an approach to touch and intimacy in the sex-war context of No More Parades, Finally, drawing on Santanu Das's work on Touch and intimacy in First World War Literature and Holly Furneaux' s Military Men of Feeling, the chapter considers the novel's representation of touch and intimacy in various homosocial contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHomo Duplex
Subtitle of host publicationFord Madox Ford's Experience and Aesthetics of Alterity
PublisherPresses Universitaires de la Mediterranee
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)978-2-36781-343-1
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameHorizons anglophones


  • Ford Madox Ford
  • The Good Soldier
  • Parade's End
  • Touch
  • intimacy
  • marriage
  • institutions of intimacy
  • homosociality
  • the abject

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