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A Cultural History of the Senses in the Age of Empire


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Introduction: The Transformation of Perception Constance Classen (McGill University, Canada) 1. The Social Life of the Senses: The Assaults and Seductions of Modernity (Kate Flint, University of Southern California, USA) 2. Urban Sensations: The Shifting Sensescape of the City Alain Corbin (University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne, France) 3. The Senses in the Marketplace: Stimulation and Distraction, Gratification and Control Erika D. Rappaport (University of California, USA) 4. The Senses in Religion: Migrations of Sacred and Sensory Values David Morgan (Duke University, USA) 5. The Senses in Philosophy and Science: From the Senses to Sensations Robert Jutte (University of Stuttgart, Germany) 6. Medicine and the Senses: Seeing, Hearing and Smelling Disease David S. Barnes (University of Pennsylvania, USA) 7. The Senses in Literature: Industry and Empire Nicholas Daly (University College Dublin, UK) 8. The Senses in Art: From the Romantics to the Futurists Constance Classen (McGill University, Canada) 9. Sensory Media: The World Without and the World Within (Alison Griffiths, City University of New York, USA) Notes Bibliography Notes on contributors Index

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The definitive overview of the role of the senses in the Age of Empire, covering themes such as religion, philosophy, science, medicine, literature, art and media.

About the Author

Constance Classen is Visiting Scholar at McGill University, Canada and director of an interdisciplinary project on art, museums and the senses. She is the editor of The Book of Touch (2005), and the author of, among other works, Worlds of Sense: Exploring the Senses in History and Across Cultures (1993), The Color of Angels: Cosmology, Gender and the Aesthetic Imagination (1998) and The Deepest Sense: A Cultural History of Touch (2012).


[A] diverse and stimulating collection of essays on the senses in the age of empire ... [that] offers an extraordinarily rich and compelling exploration of the senses ... This book succeeds as a history that offers illuminating analysis and discussion necessary to sketch out the wider social and cultural debates. Yet the chapters will undoubtedly offer fresh perspectives and insights to readers with expertise in the subject matter of individual essays ... [W]hichever of its chapters you turn to, or if you read the book from cover to cover in one sitting, you will find yourself wanting to go back for a second helping - to immerse yourself in this rich sensory exploration of nineteenth- and early twentieth- century history and culture. * Victorian Network *

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