Sensory History, Mark M. Smith, BergPublishers Dec 2007, 192pp, biblio, index, 9781845204150
The book defines ‘sensory history,’ stresses the importance of historicizing the senses, and considers each sense chapter by chapter. The author concludes by pondering future directions of the field.
Drawing on examples from across the globe throughout time, Sensory History includes examinations of visual culture in Victorian Britain and South America, sound in nineteenth-century Australia and France, gender politics and touch in Early Modern Europe and among Native Americans, “race” and olfaction in the United States and scent in ancient Christianity, and the role of taste in shaping national identity in modern China and Early America. Voir le sommaire