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Empire of the Senses

The Sensual Culture Reader (Sensory Formations)

By David Howes (Edited by)

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Format: Paperback, 432 pages
Other Information: bibliography, index
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 December 2004
In "Empire of the Senses" the senses are considered as cultural systems. Bringing together classic pieces by key thinkers--from Marshall McLuhan and Alain Corbin to Susan Stewart and Oliver Sacks--as well as newly commissioned articles, this path-breaking book provides a comprehensive overview of the "sensual revolution," where all manner of disciplines converge. Its aim is to enhance our understanding of the role of the senses in history and across cultures by overturning the hegemony of vision in contemporary theory and demonstrating that all senses play a role in mediating cultural experience. It asks provocative questions that most of us take for granted. Are there, for example, only five senses, or is this assumption a Western construct? This radical contribution to revisioning cultural studies will be essential reading for anyone hoping to understand the full complexity of how we experience our world.

Table of Contents

General Introduction: Empires of the Senses Part I: The Prescience of the Senses 'Culture Tunes Our Neurons' 'The Mind's Eye: What the Blind See'--Oliver Sacks * 'Inside the Five Sense Sensorium'--Marshall McLuhan, formerly University of Toronto Part II. The Shifting Sensorium Historicizing Perception 'Remembering the Senses'--Susan Stewart, Princeton University * 'The Witch's Senses: Sensory Ideologies and Transgressive Femininities from the Renaissance to Modernity'--Constance Classen, Concordia University, Montreal * 'The Senses Divided: Organs, Objects, and Media in Early Modern England'--Carla Mazzio, University of Chicago * 'The Death of the Sensuous Chemist: The 'New' Chemistry and the Transformation of Sensuous Technology'--Lissa Roberts, University of Twente, Netherlands * 'Charting the Cultural History of the Senses'-- Alain Corbin, Universites de Paris Part III. Sensescapes Sensation in Cultural Context 'McLuhan in the Rainforest: The Sensory Worlds of Oral Cultures'--Constance Classen, Concordia University, Montreal * 'Consciousness as 'Feeling in the Body': A West African Theory of Embodiment, Emotion and the Making of Mind'--Kathryn Linn Geurts, Hamline University, Minnesota * 'Places Sensed, Senses Placed: Towards a Sensuous Epistemology of Space'--Steven Feld, University of New Mexico, Albequerque * 'The Tea Ceremony: A Symbolic Analysis'--Dorinne Kondo, University of Southern California * 'Engaging the Spirits of Modernity: Temiar Songs of a Changing World'--Marina Roseman, Indiana University * 'Home Cooking: Filipino Women and Geographies of the Senses in Hong Kong'--Lisa Law, University of St Andrews Part IV. The Aestheticization of Everyday Life Aestheticization Takes Command 'A Tonic of Wildness: Sensuousness in Henry David Thoreau'--Victor Carl Friesen, Independent Scholar * 'Volatile Effects: Olfactory Dimensions of Art and Architecture'--Jim Drobnick, Parachute Magazine * 'HYPERAESTHESIA, or, The Sensual Logic of Late Capitalism'--David Howes, Concordia University, Montreal * 'Under the Jaguar Sun'--Italo Calvino * 'Michel Serres' Five Senses'--Steven Connor, Birckbeck College * 'Darwin's Disgust'--William Ian Miller, University of Michigan Law School Part V. The Derangement of the Senses The Senses Disordered 'Strindberg's 'Deranged Sensations"--Hans-Goran Ekman, University of Uppsala * 'Movement, Stillness: On the Sensory World of a Shelter for the 'Homeless Mentally Ill"--Robert Desjarlais, Sarah Lawrence College, New York * 'Dystoposthesia: Emplacing Environmental Sensitivities'--Christopher Fletcher, University of Alberta, EdmontonGeneral Introduction: Empires of the Senses Part I: The Prescience of the Senses 'Culture Tunes Our Neurons' 'The Mind's Eye: What the Blind See'--Oliver Sacks * 'Inside the Five Sense Sensorium'--Marshall McLuhan, formerly University of Toronto Part II. The Shifting Sensorium Historicizing Perception 'Remembering the Senses'--Susan Stewart, Princeton University * 'The Witch's Senses: Sensory Ideologies and Transgressive Femininities from the Renaissance to Modernity'--Constance Classen, Concordia University, Montreal * 'The Senses Divided: Organs, Objects, and Media in Early Modern England'--Carla Mazzio, University of Chicago * 'The Death of the Sensuous Chemist: The 'New' Chemistry and the Transformation of Sensuous Technology'--Lissa Roberts, University of Twente, Netherlands * 'Charting the Cultural History of the Senses'-- Alain Corbin, Universites de Paris Part III. Sensescapes Sensation in Cultural Context 'McLuhan in the Rainforest: The Sensory Worlds of Oral Cultures'--Constance Classen, Concordia University, Montreal * 'Consciousness as 'Feeling in the Body': A West African Theory of Embodiment, Emotion and the Making of Mind'--Kathryn Linn Geurts, Hamline University, Minnesota * 'Places Sensed, Senses Placed: Towards a Sensuous Epistemology of Space'--Steven Feld, University of New Mexico, Albequerque * 'The Tea Ceremony: A Symbolic Analysis'--Dorinne Kondo, University of Southern California * 'Engaging the Spirits of Modernity: Temiar Songs of a Changing World'--Marina Roseman, Indiana University * 'Home Cooking: Filipino Women and Geographies of the Senses in Hong Kong'--Lisa Law, University of St Andrews Part IV. The Aestheticization of Everyday Life Aestheticization Takes Command 'A Tonic of Wildness: Sensuousness in Henry David Thoreau'--Victor Carl Friesen, Independent Scholar * 'Volatile Effects: Olfactory Dimensions of Art and Architecture'--Jim Drobnick, Parachute Magazine * 'HYPERAESTHESIA, or, The Sensual Logic of Late Capitalism'--David Howes, Concordia University, Montreal * 'Under the Jaguar Sun'--Italo Calvino * 'Michel Serres' Five Senses'--Steven Connor, Birckbeck College * 'Darwin's Disgust'--William Ian Miller, University of Michigan Law School Part V. The Derangement of the Senses The Senses Disordered 'Strindberg's 'Deranged Sensations"--Hans-Goran Ekman, University of Uppsala * 'Movement, Stillness: On the Sensory World of a Shelter for the 'Homeless Mentally Ill"--Robert Desjarlais, Sarah Lawrence College, New York * 'Dystoposthesia: Emplacing Environmental Sensitivities'--Christopher Fletcher, University of Alberta, Edmonton

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Also available in hardback, 9781859738580 GBP60.00 (December, 2004)

About the Author

David Howes is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University, Montreal. He is the author of Sensual Relations: Engaging the Senses in Culture and Social Theory and a co-author of Aroma: The Cultural History of Smell.

Reviews

'This is one of the richest collections of essays that I have read in years...It is essential reading.' Edmund De Waal, 'Crafts' 'This is a timely collection that fills an important gap in our archive of the body. Readers and students across many disciplines will find it useful in making sense of a rapidly growing field of knowledge.' Veit Erlmann, Endowed Chair of Music,School of Music, University of Texas at Austin 'I have long been waiting for a book, and a book series, such as this exploring in depth the manifold sensuous dimensions of human experience from an interdisciplinary perspective.' Christopher Tilley, Professor of Anthropology, University College London 'David Howes has compiled an impressive volume of old and new contributions from a range of disciplines that form a solid basis for further work in the field of sensous scholarship.' Jo Tacchi, Queensland University of Technology, in 'International Journal of Cultural Studies' "Empire of the Senses' is a long awaited introduction to the senses in the social sciences and humanities. ... It is essential reading for any student of sensory aspects of culture and experience and provides a very useful introduction to the field for any researcher who wants to engage with this very important area of scholarly attention.' Sarah Pink, Social Anthropology 'This volume is a fascinating read for those interested in analyses and debates on the senses in everyday life in historical and contemporary milieus.' Kelvin E. Y. Low, International Sociology Review of Books, Vol. 22, No. 2 'Chapters are cannily selected to make connections and drive readers to their sources; the introduction provides overall theoretical framing and contextualization within a broad academic literature; and the organizational structure, with excellent section introductions and a final 'Sensory bibliography', makes it a terrific teaching and reference tool. ... I came out of this reading with senses all agog: I could smell better, see better, taste better, feel better.' Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Vol 14, No 2, June 2008 'Howes has gathered a rich collection that evidences the direct importance for the social sciences of this new wave of sensuous scholarship.' Mark Paterson, University of Exeter

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Publisher: Berg Publishers
Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.1 centimetres (0.68 kg)
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