Encountering otherness: Embodied affect in Alphonso Lingis' travel writing

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Title Encountering otherness: Embodied affect in Alphonso Lingis' travel writing
Author Fullagar, Simone Patricia
Journal Name Tourist Studies
Editor Adrian Franklin
Year Published 2001
Place of publication London
Publisher Sage
Abstract In the essay 'Tawantinsuyu', Alphonso Lingis poses some important questions about the highly mediated nature of our contemporary experience of the world, by juxtaposing them with a post-phenomenological account of his journey through the ruins of Machu Picchu. Not content with knowledge produced through Internet of CD-ROM technology, Lingis desires an embodied encounter with other places. Without lapsing into a notion of unmediated experience, how might we theorize this desire to know the particularity of other places through the sensory, affective body? The article reads Lingis's travel narrative alongside insights from Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology of the flesh, to explore how we might think about the liminal quality of travel as it produces a unique in-between experience - an intersubjective relation between oneself and the difference of the world that is mediated by visual and tactile modalities. The work of French feminist Luce Irigaray is also explored in relation to the question of how we begin to understand the embodied boundaries that differentiate and connect the self in relation to the other's world.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://tou.sagepub.com/
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/146879760100100204
Volume 1
Issue Number 2
Page from 171
Page to 183
ISSN 1468-7976
Date Accessioned 2006-06-22
Date Available 2009-11-18T05:32:50Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Recreation and Leisure Studies; PRE2009-Sociology; PRE2009-Tourism
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/25315
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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