A Song of the Paddle: Haptic Aesthetics of Canoe Travel in the English Lake District

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Abstract

This paper is a critical exercise in haptic aesthetics. The subject matter of such an inquiry is a rather simple one, namely, me in a canoe with a paddle and nowhere in particular to go, in essence, a form of leisure travel explained phenomenologically. Such humble beginnings are interspersed with arguments that illustrate haptic aesthetics along epistemological lines. Further still, it will be shown that paddling as a sensuous leisure activity is deeply haptic but also acoustic and the theory of ‘soundscape ecology’ will be used here to help further describe the sound and feeling of paddling a canoe in a natural environment. It is in this theoretical and sensory connection that readers should notice some ethical connotations and it is also such a connection that illustrates what could be called a ‘practical’ or ‘everyday’ aesthetics of leisure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-281
Number of pages14
JournalLeisure Studies
Volume37
Issue number3
Early online date15 Dec 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2018

Keywords

  • Haptic aesthetics
  • phenomenology
  • senses
  • technology
  • paddling.
  • paddling

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