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Cold Crystal

Cold Crystal

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

Chapter:
(p.147) Cold Crystal
Source:
Affective Materialities
Author(s):
William Kupinse
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813056289.003.0007

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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