Sensing the Past

Sensing the Past

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qSmith's history of the sensate is destined to precipitate a revolution in our understanding of the sensibilities that underpinned the mentalities of past epochs.q--David Howes, author of Sensual Relations: Engaging the Senses in Culture and Social Theory qMark M. Smith presents a far-ranging essay on the history of the senses that serves simultaneously as a good introduction to the historiography. If one feels in danger of sensory overload from this growing body of scholarship, Smith's piece is a useful preventive.q--Leigh E. Schmidt, author of Restless Souls: The Making of American Spirituality qThis is a masterful overview. The history of the senses has been a frontier field for a while now. Mark Smith draws together what we know, with an impressive sensory range, and encourages further work. A really exciting survey.q--Peter N. Stearns, author of American Fear: The Causes and Consequences of High Anxiety qWho would ever have guessed that a book on the history of the senses--seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and smelling--could be informative, thought-provoking, and, at the same time, most entertaining? Ranging in both time and locale, Mark Smith's Sensing the Past makes even the philosophy about the senses from ancient times to now both learned and exciting. This work will draw scholars into under-recognized subjects and lay readers into a world we simply but unwisely take for granted.q--Bertram Wyatt-Brown, author of Southern Honor: Ethics and Behavior in the Old South qMark M. Smith has a good record of communicating his research to a broad constituency within and beyond the academy . . . This will be required reading for anyone addressing sensory history.q--Penelope Gouk, author of Music, Science and Natural Magic in Seventeenth Century England qThis is a fine cultural history of the body, which takes Western and Eastern traditions and their texts quite seriously. Smith views a history of the senses not only from 'below' but places it squarely in the historical imagination. It will be of interest to a wide range of readers.q--Sander L. Gilman, author of Difference and PathologySeeing, Hearing, Smelling, Tasting, and Touching in History Mark Michael Smith ... It is a relatively short study of a very large topic. ... race and gender conventions , industrialization, urbanization, colonialism, imperialism, nationalism, ideas concerning ... It is not encyclopedic but, rather, something of an extended essay.

Title:Sensing the Past
Author:Mark Michael Smith
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 2007


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