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Author Purnell, Carolyn, author.

Title The sensational past : how the Enlightenment changed the way we use our senses / Carolyn Purnell.

Publication Info. New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2017]


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Edition First Edition.
Description 302 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-278) and index.
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.
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.
Chronological Term 1700-1799
Subject Senses and sensation -- History -- 18th century.
Enlightenment -- Influence.
Enlightenment -- Influence. (OCoLC)fst00912529
Senses and sensation. (OCoLC)fst01112562
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780393249378 (hardcover)
0393249379 (hardcover)

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