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A Brief History of the Smile - Angus Trumble

A Brief History of the Smile

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Every smile is the product of physical processes common to all humans. But since the dawn of civilization, the upward movement of the muscles of the face has carried a bewildering range of meanings. Supreme enlightenment is reflected in the holy smile of the Buddha, yet the Victorians thought of open-mouthed smiling as obscene, and nineteenth-century English and American slang equated "smiling" with drinking whisky. In A Brief History of the Smile, Angus Trumble deftly combines art, poetry, history, and biology into an intriguing portrait of the many nuances of the smile. Elegantly illustrating his points with emblematic works of art, from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European paintings to Japanese woodblock prints, Trumble explores the meanings of smiling in a variety of cultures and contexts. Effortlessly mingling erudition, wit, and personal anecdote, Trumble weaves a seamless interdisciplinary tapestry, bringing his expertise as a writer, historian, and thinker to bear on the art of smiling in this warm and perceptive work.

Industry Reviews

"'Satisfyingly rich, consistently surprising and gloriously irreverent'. The Daily Telegraph 'A beautifully written book'. New Scientist 'Thanks to Trumble's curiosity, breadth of knowledge and naughty sense of humour, the overall effect is delightful'. Psychology Today"

List of Illustrationsp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Introduction: "The Serious and the Smirk"p. xxi
Decorump. 1
Lewdnessp. 31
Desirep. 49
Mirthp. 73
Wisdomp. 103
Deceitp. 133
Conclusion: Happiness?p. 157
The Spectator, no. 173p. 167
Notesp. 171
Bibliographyp. 197
Indexp. 217
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ISBN: 9780465087792
ISBN-10: 0465087795
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 226
Published: 1st February 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition