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The sensational past : how the Enlightenment changed the way we use our senses, Carolyn Purnell

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The sensational past : how the Enlightenment changed the way we use our senses
Title
The sensational past
Title remainder
how the Enlightenment changed the way we use our senses
Statement of responsibility
Carolyn Purnell
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Blindfolding children from birth? Playing a piano made of live cats? Using tobacco to cure drowning? Wearing "flea"-colored clothes? These actions may seem odd to us, but in the eighteenth century, they made perfect sense. As often as we use our senses, we rarely stop to think about their place in history. But perception is not dependent on the body alone. Carolyn Purnell persuasively shows that, while our bodies may not change dramatically, the way we think about the senses and put them to use has been rather different over the ages. Journeying through the past three hundred years, Purnell explores how people used their senses in ways that might shock us now. And perhaps more surprisingly, she shows how many of our own ways of life are a legacy of this earlier time. The Sensational Past focuses on the ways in which small, peculiar, and seemingly unimportant facts open up new ways of thinking about the past. You will explore the sensory worlds of the Enlightenment, learning how people in the past used their senses, understood their bodies, and experienced the rapidly shifting world around them.0In this smart and witty work, Purnell reminds us of the value of daily life and the power of the smallest aspects of existence using culinary history, fashion, medicine, music, and many other aspects of Enlightenment life
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Purnell, Carolyn
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BF233
LC item number
.P87 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Senses and sensation
  • Enlightenment
  • Enlightenment
  • Senses and sensation
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The sensational past : how the Enlightenment changed the way we use our senses, Carolyn Purnell
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-278) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The self-made man: creating genius in the Enlightenment -- Drinking your way to a new you: self-medication, sensibility, and sociability at the cafø -- Living in a world of sound: the pitch-black markets of Paris -- Becoming useful citizens: the talents of blind (and blindfolded) children -- Blowing smoke up the ass: aromatic medicine and useful science -- What is a sense?: sex, self-preservation, pleasure, and pain -- Harmonious nature: the cat piano, the ocular harpsichord, and scales of scent and taste -- Calling it macaroni: the politics of popular pigments -- The gourmand's gaze: visual eating in the postrevolutionary period -- Digesting nature: exotic animal dining clubs in nineteenth-century England -- Seeing is not believing
Control code
ocn951070758
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
302 pages
Isbn
9780393249378
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2016031574
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780393249378
  • (OCoLC)951070758
Label
The sensational past : how the Enlightenment changed the way we use our senses, Carolyn Purnell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-278) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The self-made man: creating genius in the Enlightenment -- Drinking your way to a new you: self-medication, sensibility, and sociability at the cafø -- Living in a world of sound: the pitch-black markets of Paris -- Becoming useful citizens: the talents of blind (and blindfolded) children -- Blowing smoke up the ass: aromatic medicine and useful science -- What is a sense?: sex, self-preservation, pleasure, and pain -- Harmonious nature: the cat piano, the ocular harpsichord, and scales of scent and taste -- Calling it macaroni: the politics of popular pigments -- The gourmand's gaze: visual eating in the postrevolutionary period -- Digesting nature: exotic animal dining clubs in nineteenth-century England -- Seeing is not believing
Control code
ocn951070758
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
302 pages
Isbn
9780393249378
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2016031574
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780393249378
  • (OCoLC)951070758

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