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Introduction: The Transformation of Perception

Constance Classen

Constance Classen is Visiting Scholar at McGill University, Canada and director of an interdisciplinary project on art, museums, and the senses. She is the editor of The Book of Touch (Berg, 2005), and the author of, among other works, Worlds of Sense: Exploring the Senses in History and Across Cultures (1993) and The Color of Angels: Cosmology, Gender and the Aesthetic Imagination (1998), as well as The Deepest Sense: A Cultural History of Touch (2012). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of the Senses in the Age of Empire Volume 5

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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... middle classes there was a good deal more physicality and horse-play than their reputation for primness suggests (see Classen 2012: 187–8).This diversity of sensations and sensibilities was characteristic of an age of sharp contrasts...

Art and the Senses

Constance Classen

Constance Classen is Visiting Scholar at McGill University, Canada and director of an interdisciplinary project on art, museums, and the senses. She is the editor of The Book of Touch (Berg, 2005), and the author of, among other works, Worlds of Sense: Exploring the Senses in History and Across Cultures (1993) and The Color of Angels: Cosmology, Gender and the Aesthetic Imagination (1998), as well as The Deepest Sense: A Cultural History of Touch (2012). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of the Senses in the Age of Empire Volume 5

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Cultural History Chapter

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... (Classen 2005a). “Women’s work”: nineteenth-century Irish crochet lace. Samuel L. Goldenberg, Lace, its Origin and History, Project Gutenberg ebook 38973. The emphasis on the visual values of fine arts supported the concurrent...

Introduction

Constance Classen

Constance Classen is Visiting Scholar at McGill University, Canada and director of an interdisciplinary project on art, museums, and the senses. She is the editor of The Book of Touch (Berg, 2005), and the author of, among other works, Worlds of Sense: Exploring the Senses in History and Across Cultures (1993) and The Color of Angels: Cosmology, Gender and the Aesthetic Imagination (1998), as well as The Deepest Sense: A Cultural History of Touch (2012). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Museum of the Senses : Experiencing Art and Collections

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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... within the social and material contexts of the time (i.e. Smith 2004, 2007; Classen 1993, 2014).The focus of the chapters that follow is on multisensory experiences of Western art and collections in various historical contexts. Much has...

The Lure of the Unseen: Egyptian Mummies

Constance Classen

Constance Classen is Visiting Scholar at McGill University, Canada and director of an interdisciplinary project on art, museums, and the senses. She is the editor of The Book of Touch (Berg, 2005), and the author of, among other works, Worlds of Sense: Exploring the Senses in History and Across Cultures (1993) and The Color of Angels: Cosmology, Gender and the Aesthetic Imagination (1998), as well as The Deepest Sense: A Cultural History of Touch (2012). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Museum of the Senses : Experiencing Art and Collections

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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... this exhibit. In an earlier age sensory qualities such as colours and odours had often had a spiritual significance, bringing to mind notions of sanctity and sin (see Classen 1998: ch. 2). Times had changed, however, and Granville and his...

Urban Sensations

A Cultural History of the Senses in the Age of Empire Volume 5

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Part I A sensory appreciation of the city does not begin and end in the stones of its architecture, that is to say, in a nature morte or still life. It goes far beyond this materiality. A city’s sounds, odors, and movement make up...

The Museum Retouched: From Empire of Sight to Sensory Playground

Constance Classen

Constance Classen is Visiting Scholar at McGill University, Canada and director of an interdisciplinary project on art, museums, and the senses. She is the editor of The Book of Touch (Berg, 2005), and the author of, among other works, Worlds of Sense: Exploring the Senses in History and Across Cultures (1993) and The Color of Angels: Cosmology, Gender and the Aesthetic Imagination (1998), as well as The Deepest Sense: A Cultural History of Touch (2012). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Museum of the Senses : Experiencing Art and Collections

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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... by female handling, suggesting that the touch of working-class women was at the bottom of the tactile hierarchy [see Classen 2012: ch. 4].) Making a similar point, the author of ‘London Exhibitions’ noted that ‘in recently passing through...

The Senses in Literature

A Cultural History of the Senses in the Age of Empire Volume 5

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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... with the privileged position of sight in this period, and with the collapse of social distance that the other senses threatened (Classen et al. 1994: 3–5, 166; Flint 2000). Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Man of the Crowd” (1840) shows the origins of the scopic power...

The Social Life of the Senses

A Cultural History of the Senses in the Age of Empire Volume 5

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...The senses are essential to sociability. They help connect us to others, and allow us to participate in communities. At the same time, it is through our senses that communities, in the forms of crowded streets and buildings, and communal...

Medicine and the Senses

A Cultural History of the Senses in the Age of Empire Volume 5

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...In the first years of the nineteenth century, a perceptual revolution occurred in Western medicine that inaugurated an age of radical sensory empiricism. No longer were the traditional authorities and their elaborate theoretical systems...

A Taste of Heaven: Relics and Rarities

Constance Classen

Constance Classen is Visiting Scholar at McGill University, Canada and director of an interdisciplinary project on art, museums, and the senses. She is the editor of The Book of Touch (Berg, 2005), and the author of, among other works, Worlds of Sense: Exploring the Senses in History and Across Cultures (1993) and The Color of Angels: Cosmology, Gender and the Aesthetic Imagination (1998), as well as The Deepest Sense: A Cultural History of Touch (2012). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Museum of the Senses : Experiencing Art and Collections

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Book Chapter

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... the supernatural power of a relic was believed to be through touch, and, particularly, through a kiss (see Classen 2012: 35–45, 50–1). A sixteenth-century account of a visit to the shrine of Thomas Becket describes a whole series...