The Deepest Sense: A Cultural History of Touch (Studies in by Constance Classen

By Constance Classen


From the softest caress to the cruelest blow, contact lies on the middle of our event of the area. Now, for the 1st time, this private of senses is the topic of an intensive historic exploration. The private feel: A Cultural heritage of Touch fleshes out our knowing of the earlier with explorations of lived reviews of embodiment from the center a long time to modernity. This intimate and sensuous method of historical past makes it attainable to foreground the tactile foundations of Western culture--the ways that emotions formed society.


Constance Classen explores a number of tactile geographical regions together with the texture of the medieval urban; the tactile attraction of relics; the social histories of soreness, excitement, and affection; the bonds of contact among people and animals; the strenuous pleasure of activities comparable to wrestling and jousting; and the sensuous points of interest of client tradition. She delves right into a diversity of significant matters, from the uses--and prohibitions--of contact in social interplay to the disciplining of the physique through the fashionable nation, from the altering suppose of the city panorama to the technologization of contact in modernity.


Through poignant descriptions of the therapeutic energy of a medieval king's hand or the grueling stipulations of a nineteenth-century legal, we discover that historical past, faraway from being a dry and useless topic, touches us to the quick.

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