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The deepest sense : a cultural history of touch

Author: Constance Classen
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©2012.
Series: Studies in sensory history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the softest caress to the harshest blow, touch lies at the heart of our experience of the world. Now, for the first time, this deepest of senses is the subject of an extensive historical exploration. The Deepest Sense: A Cultural History of Touch fleshes out our understanding of the past with explorations of lived experiences of embodiment from the Middle Ages to modernity. This intimate and sensuous approach  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Constance Classen
ISBN: 9780252034930 0252034937 9780252078590 0252078594 9780252094408 0252094409 9780252078477 0252078470
OCLC Number: 748812808
Description: xvii, 227 pages, [6] pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: A place by the fire. The common touch --
A place by the fire --
The walled city --
Hard at work --
The rites of pleasure --
A touchable god. A tactile cosmology --
mystical touch --
Gestures of piety --
The cult of relics --
Corpus Christi --
Ordeals by fire --
Painful times. Suffering bodies and healing hands --
Blind touch --
Leprosy, the black death and the dancing mania --
The uses of pain --
The torments of hell --
Sorrow and compassion --
A woman's touch. Male and female bodies --
A women's touch --
Women's work --
Texts and textiles --
Mystical raptures and pain craft --
The witch's touch --
Animal skins. Animal bodies --
Animal companions --
Beasts, wild men, and slaves --
Animal souls --
Experimentation and the campaign against cruelty --
Tactile arts. The aesthetics of touch --
The feel of art --
Crafty ladies --
Touch in the museum --
The modern touch. Petrarch's vision --
The decline of sacred touch --
New sensory worlds --
The persistence of touch --
The finishing touch --
Sensations of a new age. The drill --
The school, the prison, and the museum --
The feel of the city --
The electric creed --
Touch at home --
The stuff of dreams.
Series Title: Studies in sensory history.
Responsibility: Constance Classen.

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"Classen's lush descriptions provide an excellent underscoring of her exploration of this intimate sense."--Library Journal "Classen eloquently argues that touch is the deepest sense not only because Read more...

 
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