A History of the Senses

From Antiquity to Cyberspace

Author: Robert Jütte

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 0745629571

Category: History

Page: 395

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This path-breaking book examines our attitudes to the senses from antiquity through to the present day. Robert Jutte explores a wealth of different traditions, images, metaphors and ideas that have survived through time and describes how sensual impressions change the way in which we experience the world. Throughout history, societies have been both intrigued or unsettled by the five senses. The author looks at the way in which the social world conditions our perception and traces the 'rediscovery' of sensual pleasure in the twentieth century, paying attention to experiences as varied as fast food, deoderization, and extra-sensory perception. He concludes by exploring technological change and cyberspace, reflecting on how developments in these fields will affect our relationship with the senses in the future.

Medicine and the Five Senses

Author: William F. Bynum,Roy Porter

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521361149

Category: Medical

Page: 331

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Doctors must use their five senses in their daily practice, especially in diagnosing disease. Many of the essays in this illustrated collection focus on the diagnostic setting, from the Greek physicians to CAT scanners, and on the ways in which medical education has attempted to train doctors to use their senses. Other essays explore the wider presentation of medicine, anatomy, and disease, through the visual arts and the media. They demonstrate the extent to which medicine is a visual activity, but do not neglect the other senses, as well as historical preoccupations with the role of reason in the doctor's life.

The Senses in Late Medieval England

Author: C. M. Woolgar,Christopher Michael Woolgar

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300118711

Category: History

Page: 372

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Oxbow says: This fascinating study of how people understood and used their senses in the late medieval period draws on evidence from a range of literary texts, documents and records, as well as material culture and architectural sources.

A Natural History of the Senses

Author: Diane Ackerman

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307763315

Category: Science

Page: 352

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Diane Ackerman's lusciously written grand tour of the realm of the senses includes conversations with an iceberg in Antarctica and a professional nose in New York, along with dissertations on kisses and tattoos, sadistic cuisine and the music played by the planet Earth. “Delightful . . . gives the reader the richest possible feeling of the worlds the senses take in.” —The New York Times

Art and the Senses

Author: Francesca Bacci,David Melcher

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199230609

Category: Art

Page: 642

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The senses play a vital role in our health, our social interactions, and in enjoying food, music and the arts. The book provides a unique interdisciplinary overview of the senses, ranging from the neuroscience of sensory processing in the body, to cultural influences on how the senses are used in society, to the role of the senses in the arts.

The Senses

Author: Ruth Bjorklund

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

ISBN: 9780761444923

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 80

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The Amazing Human Body discusses the composition and function of the complex networks and systems within our bodies. the series examines the disorders, diseases, and injuries that can affect our bodies and explains how these problems can be treated. Readers will also learn how to stay healthy and strong as their bodies grow and change. with its age-appropriate text, vibrant photographs, detailed anatomical illustrations, and helpful charts, this series provides readers with information they can use for reports, projects, or general knowledge about health.

Writing from the Senses

59 Exercises to Ignite Creativity and Revitalize Your Writing

Author: Laura Deutsch

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834829126

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

View: 9048


The sensory details that infuse our everyday experience—the smell of a favorite dish cooking, the texture of a well-worn coat, hearing a song that reminds you of a person or a time in your life—can be used to add richness and spark to what we write. Whether you are a professional writer (or want to be one) or someone who just enjoys writing for the joy of self-expression, Writing from the Senses will show you how to tap into an endless source of engaging material, using your senses as prompts. Laura Deutsch explores all kinds of writing—from memoir and journaling to fiction, journalism, poetry, travel, food writing, and more.

The Senses

Classic and Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives

Author: Fiona Macpherson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195385969

Category: Philosophy

Page: 410

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This volume is the first on the philosophy of the non-visual senses. It includes in equal measure both "classic" articles (from Aristotle to Paul Grice) which are unavailable or otherwise difficult to access, as well as new essays by well-known philosophers. It also includes an introduction by Macpherson, which draws together the centuries of philosophical thought on the senses and points to likely new directions.

Empire of the Senses

Sensory Practices of Colonialism in Early America

Author: Daniela Hacke,Paul Musselwhite

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004340645

Category: History

Page: 344

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Empire of the Senses introduces new approaches to the history of European imperialism in the Americas by questioning the role that the five senses played in framing the cultural encounters, colonial knowledge, and political relationships that built New World empires.

The Senses of Modernism

Technology, Perception, and Aesthetics

Author: Sara Danius

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801488009

Category: History

Page: 247

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In The Senses of Modernism, Sara Danius develops a radically new theoretical and historical understanding of high modernism. The author analyses works by Mann, Proust and Joyce as narratives of the sweeping changes that affected high and low culture.