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A cultural history of the senses in the Renaissance

Author: Herman Roodenburg
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2014.
Series: Cultural history of the senses, v. 3.
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"We know the Renaissance as a key moment in the history of Europe. It saw the rise of court and urban cultures, witnessed the first global voyages of discovery and the emergence of the Reformation and the Counter Reformation. Indeed, it started with the invention of linear perspective, oil painting and moveable type. All these developments were significant in terms of sensory knowledge and the sensory practices of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Herman Roodenburg
ISBN: 9780857853417 0857853414
OCLC Number: 881591725
Description: ix, 273 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction : entering the sensory worlds of the Renaissance / Herman Roodenburg --
The social life of the senses : architecture, food, and manners / Niall Atkinson --
Urban sensations : attractive and repulsive / Peter Burke --
The senses in the marketplace : sensory knowledge in a material world / Evelyn Welch --
The senses in religion : towards a reformation of the senses / Matthew Milner --
The senses in philosophy and science : from the nobility of sight to the materialism of touch / Danijela Kambaskovic and Charles T. Wolfe --
Medicine and the senses : physicians, sensation, and the soul / Stephen Pender --
The senses in literature : Renaissance poetry and the paradox of perception / Holly Dugan --
Art and the senses : representation and reception of Renaissance sensations / François Quiviger --
Sensory media : the circular links between orality and writing / Federico Barbierato.
Series Title: Cultural history of the senses, v. 3.
Responsibility: edited by Herman Roodenburg.

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"We know the Renaissance as a key moment in the history of Europe. It saw the rise of court and urban cultures, witnessed the first global voyages of discovery and the emergence of the Reformation and the Counter Reformation. Indeed, it started with the invention of linear perspective, oil painting and moveable type. All these developments were significant in terms of sensory knowledge and the sensory practices of the everyday. Does the Renaissance stand for the 'ascendancy of the eye'? What happened to the sensory extremes which the famous Dutch historian Johan Huizinga still perceived in the fifteenth century? Did they simply disappear, or is there another history to be told: one of a surprising continuity, of the 'lower' senses - those of taste, smell and touch - hardly losing ground, neither in their daily prevalence nor in the cultural significance attached to them? This volume, assembling ten outstanding specialists, seeks to answer all these questions while offering a lively and sensational portrait of the period.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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