The human sense of touch is ‘the first sense to develop in the womb and the last sense one loses with age’ and yet it is often the most overlooked of the senses (Krishna 2012: 335). There is a special intimacy associated with touch because our skin is required to make physical contact in order to register touch – and, unlike the other senses, we have the ability to sense touch all over our bodies. This is one of the reasons why the somatic pleasure of touch has serious consequences when it is unwanted or forced; when it is a negative touch.
This portfolio addresses the sense of touch as primal.
This portfolio makes intertextual use of both Roland Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments (1977) and Maggie Nelson’s Bluets (2009) to explore powerful responses to sex through the charged utterances of love and heartbreak. Stephen M Phelps asks, ‘Can we learn how a fleeting touch drives a frenzied heart, or why the delay between contact and withdrawal can span a decade? An answer worthy of our effort should begin at the skin’s surface, yet somehow end in poetry’ (2017: n.p.). This portfolio honours that notion.
Oscar Wilde, George Orwell, Anthony Trollope, William Morris, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, WB Yeats, Ezra Pound and many other luminaries have been published in Fortnightly review. The Fortnightly Review aimed to offer a platform for a range of ideas, in reaction to the highly partisan journalism of its day. Indeed, in announcing the first issue of the Fortnightly in the Saturday Review of 13 May 1865, G. H. Lewes wrote, "The object of THE FORTNIGHTLY REVIEW is to become the organ of the unbiassed expression of many and various minds on topics of general interest in Politics, Literature, Philosophy, Science, and Art."
PublisherThe Fortnightly Review
Place of publicationLondon, Eng.
SourceThe Fortnightly Review