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Introduction: Entering the Sensory Worlds

Herman Roodenburg

Herman Roodenburg holds the Chair of The Historical Anthropology and Ethnology of Europe at the Free University of Amsterdam and is also affiliated with the Meertens Institute, of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among his recent English publications are The Eloquence of the Body: Perspectives on Gesture in the Dutch Republic (2004), Forging European Identities, 1400-1700 (2007), Body and Embodiment in Netherlandish Art (2008) and The Passions in the Arts of the Early Modern Netherlands (2010). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of The Senses in the Renaissance Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Cultural History Chapter


... (Descartes 1991: 143–6; Reiss 1996: 598–9; cf. Roodenburg 2004: 13–14).Descartes was apparently intrigued by issues of sensory memory—not so much, like Marcel Proust, by the mnemonic workings of taste and smell (the famous madeleine dipped...