Sensing the Past: Seeing, Hearing, Smelling, Tasting, and Touching in History

Sensing the Past: Seeing, Hearing, Smelling, Tasting, and Touching in History by Mark M. Smith epub pdf fb2

Title: Sensing the Past: Seeing, Hearing, Smelling, Tasting, and Touching in History
Author: Mark M. Smith
ISBN10: 0520254953
ISBN13: 978-0520254954
Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (February 4, 2008)
Language: English
Subcategory: Humanities
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Pages: 192 pages
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Sensing the Past: Seeing, Hearing, Smelling, Tasting, and Touching in History by Mark M. Smith


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Do we rely on different senses now than the ones we relied on in the past? How have our senses affected history? How have the senses themselves changed? What role have the senses played in the ways we discriminate? Exploring illuminating examples from antiquity to the twenty-first century, this lively, concise introduction to the essential, emerging field of sensory history presents a new way of looking at the past that takes the everyday, the average, and the banal as seriously as it takes the history of elites, the intellect, and the exceptional. Considering each of the five senses, Mark M. Smith explores diverse subjects: visual culture in Victorian Britain and South America, sound in nineteenth-century Australia and France, gender politics and touch in early modern Europe and in native America, "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.