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Description - Empire of the Senses by David Howes

With groundbreaking contributions by Marshall McLuhan, Oliver Sacks, Italo Calvino and Alain Corbin, among others, Empire of the Senses overturns linguistic and textual models of interpretation and places sensory experience at the forefront of cultural analysis. The senses are gateways of knowledge, instruments of power, sources of pleasure and pain - and they are subject to dramatically different constructions in different societies and periods. Empire of the Senses charts the new terrains opened up by the sensual revolution in scholarship, as it takes the reader into the sensory worlds of the medieval witch and the postmodern mall, a Japanese tea ceremony and a Boston shelter for the homeless. This compelling revisioning of history and cultural studies sparkles with wit and insight and is destined to become a landmark in the field.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781859738580
ISBN-10: 1859738583
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 23mm)
Pages: 434
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - David Howes

David Howes is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University, Montreal. He is the author of Sensual Relations: Engaging the Senses in Culture and Social Theory and a co-author of Aroma: The Cultural History of Smell.

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