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Empire of the Senses : The Sensual - David Howes

Empire of the Senses

The Sensual

Hardcover Published: 1st December 2004
ISBN: 9781859738580
Number Of Pages: 434

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With groundbreaking contributions by Marshall McLuhan, Oliver Sacks, Italo Calvino and Alain Corbin, among others, Empire of the Senses overturns linguistic and textual models of interpretation and places sensory experience at the forefront of cultural analysis. The senses are gateways of knowledge, instruments of power, sources of pleasure and pain - and they are subject to dramatically different constructions in different societies and periods. Empire of the Senses charts the new terrains opened up by the sensual revolution in scholarship, as it takes the reader into the sensory worlds of the medieval witch and the postmodern mall, a Japanese tea ceremony and a Boston shelter for the homeless. This compelling revisioning of history and cultural studies sparkles with wit and insight and is destined to become a landmark in the field.

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"This is a timely collection that fills an important gap in our archive of the body. Readers and students across many disciplines will find it useful in making sense of a rapidly growing field of knowledge." --Veit Erlmann, University of Texas at Austin.

General Introduction Empires of the Senses
The Prescience of the Senses "Culture Tunes Our Neurons"
"The Mind's Eye: What the Blind See"
"Inside the Five Sense Sensorium"
The Shifting Sensorium Historicizing Perception
"Remembering the Senses"
"The Witch's Senses: Sensory Ideologies and Transgressive Femininities from the Renaissance to Modernity"
"The Senses Divided: Organs, Objects, and Media in Early Modern England"
"The Death of the Sensuous Chemist: The 'New' Chemistry and the Transformation of Sensuous Technology"
"Charting the Cultural History of the Senses"
Sensescapes Sensation in Cultural Context
"McLuhan in the Rainforest: The Sensory Worlds of Oral Cultures"
"Consciousness as 'Feeling in the Body': A West African Theory of Embodiment, Emotion and the Making of Mind
"Places Sensed, Senses Placed: Towards a Sensuous Epistemology of Space"
"The Tea Ceremony: A Symbolic Analysis"
"Engaging the Spirits of Modernity: Temiar Songs of a Changing World
"Home Cooking: Filipino Women and Geographies of the Senses in Hong Kong"
The Aestheticization of Everyday Life Aestheticization Takes Command
"A Tonic of Wildness: Sensuousness in Henry David Thoreau"
"Volatile Effects: Olfactory Dimensions of Art and Architecture"
"Hyperaesthesia, or, The Sensual Logic of Late Capitalism"
"Under the Jaguar Sun"
"Michel Serres' Five Senses"
"Darwin's Disgust"
The Derangement of the Senses The Senses Disordered
"Strindberg's 'Deranged Sensations'"
"Movement, Stillness: On the Sensory World of a Shelter for the 'Homeless Mentally Ill'"
"Dystoposthesia: Emplacing Environmental Sensitivities"
Sensory Bibliography Forming Perceptions 50 Ways to Come to Your Senses
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ISBN: 9781859738580
ISBN-10: 1859738583
Series: Sensory Formations
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 434
Published: 1st December 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.5  x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.8
Edition Number: 1