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Empire of the Senses : The Sensual Culture Reader - David Howes

Empire of the Senses

The Sensual Culture Reader

By: David Howes (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st December 2004
ISBN: 9781859738634
Number Of Pages: 421

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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.

'This is one of the richest collections of essays that I have read in years...It is essential reading.' Edmund De Waal, 'Crafts' '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, Endowed Chair of Music,School of Music, University of Texas at Austin 'I have long been waiting for a book, and a book series, such as this exploring in depth the manifold sensuous dimensions of human experience from an interdisciplinary perspective.' Christopher Tilley, Professor of Anthropology, University College London 'David Howes has compiled an impressive volume of old and new contributions from a range of disciplines that form a solid basis for further work in the field of sensous scholarship.' Jo Tacchi, Queensland University of Technology, in 'International Journal of Cultural Studies' "Empire of the Senses' is a long awaited introduction to the senses in the social sciences and humanities. ... It is essential reading for any student of sensory aspects of culture and experience and provides a very useful introduction to the field for any researcher who wants to engage with this very important area of scholarly attention.' Sarah Pink, Social Anthropology 'This volume is a fascinating read for those interested in analyses and debates on the senses in everyday life in historical and contemporary milieus.' Kelvin E. Y. Low, International Sociology Review of Books, Vol. 22, No. 2 'Chapters are cannily selected to make connections and drive readers to their sources; the introduction provides overall theoretical framing and contextualization within a broad academic literature; and the organizational structure, with excellent section introductions and a final 'Sensory bibliography', makes it a terrific teaching and reference tool. ... I came out of this reading with senses all agog: I could smell better, see better, taste better, feel better.' Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Vol 14, No 2, June 2008 'Howes has gathered a rich collection that evidences the direct importance for the social sciences of this new wave of sensuous scholarship.' Mark Paterson, University of Exeter

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: 9781859738634
ISBN-10: 185973863X
Series: Sensory Formations Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 421
Published: 1st December 2004
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.7  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.66