Rating and reviews for Professor Constance Classen from Concordia University Montreal, QC Canada. Constance Classen is Visiting Scholar at McGill University, Canada and director of an interdisciplinary project on art, museums, and the senses. She is the editor. Constance Classen explores a variety of tactile realms including the feel of the medieval city; the tactile appeal of relics; the social histories of pain, pleasure.


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Constance classen Cultural History of Touch fleshes out our understanding of constance classen past with explorations of lived experiences of embodiment from the Middle Ages to modernity. This intimate and sensuous approach to history makes it possible to foreground the tactile foundations of Western culture--the ways in which feelings shaped society.

Constance Classen explores a variety of tactile realms including the feel of the medieval city; the tactile appeal of relics; the social histories of pain, pleasure, and affection; the bonds of touch between humans and animals; the strenuous excitement of sports such as wrestling and jousting; and the sensuous attractions of consumer culture.

She delves into a range of vital issues, from the uses--and prohibitions--of touch in social interaction to the disciplining of the body by the modern state, from the changing feel of the urban landscape to the technologization of touch in modernity.

Through poignant descriptions of the healing power of a medieval king's hand or the constance classen conditions of a nineteenth-century prison, we find that history, far from being constance classen dry and lifeless subject, touches us to the quick.

A major appeal of Classen's new book is her account of the Industrial Revolution.


Senior editor Donald A. Yerxa interviewed Classen in Constance classen Would you provide your readers with a brief summary of what you are doing in The Deepest Sense?

The Deepest Sense explores the tactile underpinnings of Western culture from the Middle Ages to modernity.

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It investigates people's corporeal experiences of past worlds—the feel of the medieval city, the healing touch of saints, the tactile appeal of art—and how these shifted with social and technological developments such as the Reformation and the Industrial Revolution.

In constance classen process it aims to encourage a more full-bodied understanding of historical events and to draw attention to the insights that can be gained by taking a sensory approach constance classen the study of the past. You maintain that the history of touch is "often an inferred history.

The sense of touch has been taken for granted.

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It constance classen also a very intimate sense. This means that people often didn't write about their tactile acts, even though these played a major role in shaping their lives.

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Historians of touch have to be detectives, scrutinizing paintings, examining material culture, and sifting through texts for clues to behaviors.

For example, when I was investigating visitor constance classen in early museums, I found that many people simply wrote that they had "seen" an exhibit. Then I discovered more detailed accounts in which visitors would say that they "saw" a constance classen but go on to describe handling the collection.

So I realized that "seeing" could include touching.

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In fact, constance classen they were unable to touch, museum visitors might constance classen that they hadn't had a satisfactory viewing. Tactile investigation was considered essential. How was touch related to medieval table manners?

The tactile world of the Middle Ages is fascinating because it was such a close-knit, hands-on period. When people ate food with their hands out of a common dish, it wasn't because they didn't have any social graces, it was because it fostered a notion of all being part of one social constance classen.

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