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The color of angels : cosmology, gender, and the aesthetic imagination

Author: Constance Classen
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This text looks at the symbolism of the senses which animated the cosmos before the modern scientific view of the world came to dominate, revealing the gender politics behind such sensory constructs as the male gaze and the female touch.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Constance Classen
ISBN: 0415180732 9780415180733 0415180740 9780415180740
OCLC Number: 39217111
Description: 234 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. I. Cosmology. 1. On the color of angels: the sensory cosmologies of St. Hildegard, Boehme, and Fourier. 2. The breath of God: sacred histories of scent --
pt. II. Gender. 3. The scented womb and the seminal eye: embodying gender codes through the senses. 4. Pens and needles: writing, women's work, and feminine sensibilities --
pt. III. Aesthetics. 5. Symbolist harmonies, Futurist colors, Surrealist recipes: crossing sensory borders in the arts. 6. A feel for the world: lessons in aesthetics from the blind.
Responsibility: Constance Classen.
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