‘…sitting at the border between subject and object, the hand undergoes sensory experience before transcribing that experience from a liminal hinterland. In Jean-Paul Sartre’s Nausea (1938), a work perceptibly influenced by modernist literature as well as contemporaneous thinkers such as Heidegger, the protagonist Roquentin’s first experience of nascent existential nausea or angst occurs in his hand: “I felt in my hand a cold object which attracted my attention by means of a sort of personality. I opened my hand and looked: I was simply holding the doorknob”. Shortly after this scene, a pebble asserts itself against Roquentin’s hand (despite his outrage that “objects ought not to touch since they are not alive”), which he describes as a “sweet disgust” passing from the pebble to his hands; “a sort of nausea of the hands”.  — Aimee Gasston: ‘Phenomenology Begins at Home: The Presence of Things in the Short Fiction of Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf’, Journal of New Zealand Literature, 32:2, 2014, pp.31-51.

Lucia Moholy


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Lucia Moholy


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