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Affective MaterialitiesReorienting the Body in Modernist Literature$
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Kara Watts, Molly Volanth Hall, and Robin Hackett

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056289

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056289.001.0001

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Cold Crystal

Cold Crystal

The Ecology of Affect in Herbert Read’s The Green Child

(p.147) Cold Crystal
Affective Materialities

William Kupinse

University Press of Florida

William Kupinse looks to Herbert Read’s speculative novel, The Green Child, in order to suggest that seeing cold, stony modernist emotion as affective, and therefore material, requires a transformation of one’s understanding of the body. This body, which holds a kinship with objects, is the opposite of life. This transmutation is staged in Read’s novel, where emotions are felt as colors on the skin and the height of life is achieved via a contemplation that turns one’s body to solid crystal.

Keywords:   Herbert Read, The Green Child, Modernist emotion

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