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A cultural history of the senses in the age of Enlightenment

Author: Anne C Vila
Publisher: London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.
Series: Cultural history of the senses, v. 4.
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"This volume examines the varied ways in which the senses were perceived afresh during the Enlightenment. In addition to introducing new philosophical and scientific models which sometimes upended the classic hierarchy of the senses, this period witnessed major changes in living and working habits, including urbanization, travel and exploration, the invention of new sonic and visual media, and the rise of comfort  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anne C Vila
ISBN: 9780857853424 0857853422
OCLC Number: 881591726
Description: x, 276 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Powers, pleasures, and perils of the senses in the enlightenment era / Anne C. Vila --
The social life of the senses: a new approach to eighteenth-century politics and public life / Sophia Rosenfeld --
Urban sensations: motion and commotion in eighteenth-century cities / Clare Brant --
The senses in the marketplace: coffee, chintz, and sofas / Joan DeJean --
The senses in religion: listening to God in the eighteenth century / Phyllis Mack --
The senses in philosophy and science: blindness and insight / Lissa Roberts --
Medicine and the senses: the perception of essences / Patrick Singy --
The senses in literature: pleasures of imagining in poetry and prose / Rowan Rose Boyson --
Art and the senses: experiencing the arts in the age of sensibility / Sarah Cohen and Downing A. Thomas --
Sensory media: communication and the enlightenment in the Atlantic world / Richard Cullen Rath.
Series Title: Cultural history of the senses, v. 4.
Responsibility: edited by Anne C. Vila.

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"This volume examines the varied ways in which the senses were perceived afresh during the Enlightenment. In addition to introducing new philosophical and scientific models which sometimes upended the classic hierarchy of the senses, this period witnessed major changes in living and working habits, including urbanization, travel and exploration, the invention of new sonic and visual media, and the rise of comfort and pleasure as values that cut across a range of social classes. As this volume shows, those developments inspired a wealth of sensorily stimulating styles of design, art, music, poetry, foodstuffs, material goods, and modes of worship and entertainment. The volume also demonstrates the period's countervailing concern with managing the senses, evident in fields like natural philosophy, medicine, education, religion, and public hygiene. Finally, it explores some of the Enlightenment's desensualizing tendencies, like the separation of sensuous body from discerning mind in certain arenas of science and manufacturing, and the late eighteenth-century shift away from a politics of publicity, or intense visual and aural scrutiny, toward the secret ballot. The Cultural History of the Senses set delves into the sensory foundations of Western civilization, taking a comprehensive period-by-period approach which provides a broad understanding of the life of the senses from antiquity to the modern day. Each of the volumes explores the following topics: The Social Life of the Senses; Urban Sensations; The Senses in the Marketplace; The Senses in Religion; The Senses in Philosophy and Science; Medicine and the Senses; The Senses in Literature; The Senses in Art; and Sensory Media. Superbly illustrated, this six-volume set is the most authoritative and comprehensive historical survey of the senses available"--

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