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Mary Cappello's essay explores what actually goes on in bodily encounters between two people – in this case between people who are not otherwise intimate. The occasion of a massage session evokes a range of feelings and leads to a sequence of reflections on touch, talk and writing itself. The question of the gender, and the sexual orientation, of massage therapist and subject/author come into play in complex, if unspoken ways, and the links and contrasts of intellectual labour and manual work emerge as inevitable aspects of this encounter.

Writing otherwise

Experiments in cultural criticism

Editors: Jackie Stacey and Janet Wolff

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