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This article follows the transsensory pathways opened by peyote, a mood-altering entheogen, as it diffused among Native peoples living under and along the edges of colonial occupation around the turn of the twentieth century. It traces that movement through the pulsions of temporal and sensorial...
Nineteenth-century Spiritualism championed women with chronic illnesses as the ideal conduits for mediumship due to their assumed sensitivity. Positioning the movement’s many historical iterations of automatic writing as central to disability history, this article turns to Gertrude Stein and...
“The Sweetness of Race” examines the sensorial effects of lexical-gustatory synesthesia in Monique Truong’s Bitter in the Mouth (2010). In this documentation of how words taste, whiteness becomes associated with the taste of sugar and its addictive properties. Throughout the novel, whiteness...
Water has held a privileged place in theorizations of Vietnamese refugee being. Drawing from Ocean Vuong’s chapbook Burnings (2010) and novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (2019) along with Tuan Andrew Nguyen’s film The Boat People (2020), this article traces an alternative genealogy of...
This article examines how literary imaginaries of the haptic in Black speculative fiction attend to the racial politics of the Anthropocene and the centrality of sensory praxis to ecological thought. Reading Alexis Pauline Gumbs’s M Archive and N. K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy, the article...
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