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"In 2008, JH Phrydas wrote a story about how bodies talk without words. He wanted the story to not just describe the silent ritual of nonverbal communication but to perform it. The interaction would be visceral – the exchange melancholic, yet full of lust. He wanted words to retain the unsayable: the subtle movements of a body in heat. In the years since, Phrydas kept rewriting this story, using different techniques, different syntaxes and forms, in hopes that he would find a successful method of gestural writing. Imperial Physique is a collection of these attempts. They explore the way our bodies hover between animal and human, civil and wild. The bleakness – and underlying verve – of imagining Western empires in decline serve as a backdrop for a lone figure searching city streets, decaying architecture, and sand dunes for some type of physical connection. What arises is the loss of – and longing for – touch at the edges of imperialism, historical violence, and personal shame."

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half-title, Copyright, Frontispiece, Title page,
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 9-10
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Epigraph
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. 17-22
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  1. IMPERIAL PHYSIQUE
  1. Lingering Wild
  2. pp. 27-38
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  1. The Elusion Artist
  2. pp. 39-46
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  1. A Prism of Dark Matter
  2. pp. 47-74
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  1. The Delusion Artist
  2. pp. 75-82
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  1. Wild Horses of Mourning
  2. pp. 83-110
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  1. Postface
  2. pp. 111-124
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  1. ON CLAY AND WRITING
  1. Throbbing Syntax
  2. pp. 127-138
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  1. Accrual Language
  2. pp. 139-146
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  1. Cast Memory
  2. pp. 147-152
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  1. List of Figures
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781950192533
MARC Record
OCLC
1135845484
Pages
158
Launched on MUSE
2020-05-23
Open Access
Yes
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