Preliminary reading list on the theme of touch
Bakhtin, Rabelais and His World.
Marc Bloch, The Royal Touch
Constance Classen, The Deepest Sense: A cultural History of Touch (U of Ill. 2012)
Constance Classen, ed. The Book of Touch (2005)
Alexander Cowan, "'Not Carrying out the Vile and Mechanical Arts': Touch as a Measure of Social Distinction in Early Modern Venice." In The City and the Senses: Urban Culture since 1500, edited by Alexander Cowan and Jill Steward, 39-59. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2007.
Norbert Elias, Civilising Process
Laura Gowing, Common Bodies: Women, Touch and Power in Seventeenth-Century England (New Haven: Yale UP, 2003), esp. ch. 2.
Elizabeth Harvey, ed., Sensible Flesh: On touch in Early Modern Culture (U of Penn, 2002)
Elizabeth Hsu, 'Towards a science of touch, Part I: Chinese pulse diagnostics in early modern europe.' in Anthropology & Medicine 7.2 (200): 251–268.
Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, The Painter’s Touch: Boucher, Chardin, Fragonard. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018.
Laura Marks, Touch: Sensuous theory and multisensory media (U of minnesota, 2002)
Pablo Maurette, The Forgotten Sense: Meditations on Touch. Chicago University Press, 2018.
David Parisi, Archaeologies of Touch (U o Minnesota, 2018)
Mark Paterson, The Senses of Touch (Oxford, Berg, 2007)
Jose Rizal, Noli Me Tangere (1887) (Penguin 2020)
Mark M. Smith, Sensory History (Bloomsbury, 2007) has chapter on touch.
Michael Taussig, 'Tactility and Distraction', Cultural Anthropology 6:2 (1991)
Emma Widdis, Socialist Senses: Film, Feeling and the Soviet Subject, 1917-1940 (Indiana, 2017).
On other media:
- 'The Correspondent': What people with disabilities want us to know about touch:
- The Guardian and Touch: The Power of Touch
- BBC and Touch ad discussion of BBC Survey https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000n5xx