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Empire of the Senses

The Sensual Culture Reader

Edited by
DAVID HOWES

©BERG
Oxford • New York

Contents Acknowledgments Introduction: Empires of the Senses Part I: The Prescience of the Senses 'Culture Tunes Our Neurons' 1 The Mind's Eye: What the Blind See Oliver Sacks Inside the Five Sense Sensorium Marshall McLuhan 21 ix 1 25 2 43 Part II: The Shifting Sensorium Historicizing Perception 3 Remembering the Senses Susan Stewart The Witch's Senses: Sensory Ideologies and Transgressive Femininities from the Renaissance to Modernity Constance Classen The Senses Divided: Organs. Objects. and Media in Early Modern England Carla Mazzio 55 59 4 70 5 85 .

Emotion and the Making of Mind Kathryn Linn Geurts Places Sensed. Senses Placed: Toward a Sensuous Epistemology of Environments Steven Feld The Tea Ceremony: A Symbolic Analysis Dorinne Kondo Engaging the Spirits of Modernity: Temiar Songs of a Changing World Marina Roseman Home Cooking: Filipino Women and Geographies of the Senses in Hong Kong Lisa Law 143 147 9 164 10 179 11 192 12 212 13 224 Part IV: The Aestheticization of Everyday l i f e Aestheticization Takes Command 14 A Tonic of Wildness: Sensuousness in Henry David Thoreau Victor Carl Friesen Volatile Effects: Olfactory Dimensions of Art and Architecture Jim Drobnick 265 245 251 15 .vi CONTENTS 6 The Death of the Sensuous Chemist: The 'New' Chemistry and the Transformation of Sensuous Technology Lissa Roberts Charting the Cultural History of the Senses Alain Corbin 106 7 128 Part III: Sensescapes Sensation in Cultural Context 8 McLuhan in the Rainforest: The Sensory Worlds of Oral Cultures Constance Classen Consciousness as 'Feeling in the Body': A West African Theory of Embodiment.

or. The Sensual Logic of Late Capitalism David Howes Under the Jaguar Sun ítalo Calvino Michel Serres' Five Senses Steven Connor Darwin's Disgust William Ian Miller 281 17 304 18 318 19 335 Part V: The Derangement of the Senses The Senses Disordered 20 Strindberg's 'Deranged Sensations' Hans-Göran Ekman Movement. Stillness: On the Sensory World of a Shelter for the 'Homeless Mentally III' Robert Desjarlais Dystoposthesia: Emplacing Environmental Sensitivities Christopher Fletcher 357 361 21 369 22 380 Sensory Bibliography Forming Perceptions Fifty Ways to Come to your Senses list of Contributors Copyright Acknowledgments 399 404 407 409 Index 413 .CONTENTS VII 16 HYPERESTHESIA.