quotes tagged with 'touch'

from the constant handling of their lean, muscular bodies, I came to understand the essential cleanliness, the innate nobility, of sexual love on its physical side.

Author: Vera Brittain, Source: Testament of Youth, 166Saved by highflyingbabe in body masculinity sexuality intimacy touch 8 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Short of actually going to bed with them, there was hardly an intimate service that I did not perform for one or another in the course of four years, and I still have reason to be thankful for the knowledge of masculine functioning which the care of them gave me, and for my early release for the sex-inhibitions

Author: Vera Brittain, Source: Testament of Youth, 165Saved by highflyingbabe in masculinity gender youth femininity sexuality touch 8 years ago[save this] [permalink]

almost every girl left school with only two ambitions-to return at the first possible moment to impress her school-fellows with the glory of a grown-up toilette, and to get engaged before everybody else.

Author: Vera Brittain, Source: Testament of Youth, 33Saved by highflyingbabe in body gender youth femininity sexuality touch 8 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The mutilated body of the soldier in Testament of Youth looms behind Brittain's hand, touching hers, meeting ours as we turn the pages of the book-each alone.

Author: Santanu Das, Source: Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature, 228Saved by highflyingbabe in body writing touch wound brittain 8 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Trying to transmit their mental scars, the First World War nurses obsessively return to the site of the physical wound: touch becomes the ground of both testimony and trauma.

Author: Santanu Das, Source: Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature, 227Saved by highflyingbabe in femininity trauma touch wound 8 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Touching the wounds of soldiers is the most intimate way of body-witnessing history witnessing in and through exposed flesh

Author: Santanu Das, Source: Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature, 227Saved by highflyingbabe in body masculinity flesh witness trauma touch wound 8 years ago[save this] [permalink]

there is a frightful compromise which generates a sense of impropriety in the act of witnessing, of the nurse registering the shame of the patient at his awareness of the nurse's knowledge.

Author: Santanu Das, Source: Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature, 225Saved by highflyingbabe in experience knowledge witness sexuality touch 8 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The transgression is not one of gender but of privacy, of having crossed frightful thresholds of intimacy without permission or even intention.

Author: Santanu Das, Source: Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature, 225Saved by highflyingbabe in gender intimacy touch helpless bagnold 8 years ago[save this] [permalink]

vertiginous movement between abjection and desire, the shattered ruins of the battlefields and the longing for that one perfect body.

Author: Santanu Das, Source: Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature, 211Saved by highflyingbabe in body sexuality intimacy touch brittain 8 years ago[save this] [permalink]

does physical revulsion induce a reciprocal need for physical union, even erotic contact, as if only the coming together of healthy bodies in a context of wholeness and pleasure could sooth the daily assault on the most intimate of human senses?

Author: Santanu Das, Source: Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature, 210Saved by highflyingbabe in relationship sexuality intimacy horror trauma touch wound 8 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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