Dissociation and the Thrill of Touch in Emerson

Theo Davis

Northeastern University

Theo Davis, Professor of English at Northeastern University, is currently working on a book on somatics in relation to 19th-century American literature. She is the author of Ornamental Aesthetics: The Poetry of Attending in Thoreau, Dickinson, and Whitman (Oxford Univ. Press 2016) and of Formalism, Experience, and the Making of American Literature in the 19th Century (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2007). She has published articles in ELH, J19, Novel, and Theory and Event.


Theo Davis takes up Emerson’s overwhelming assertions of the abstracted individual’s capacity to remake the world in its own image, which have been read as paradigmatic of the violence of the subject-position of the... [ view full abstract ]


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