Rethinking the Medieval Senses: Heritage / Fascinations / Frames

Rethinking the Medieval Senses: Heritage / Fascinations / Frames

by Stephen G. Nichols
     
 

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How much can we know about sensory experience in the Middle Ages? While few would question that the human senses encountered a profoundly different environment in the medieval world, two distinct and opposite interpretations of that encounter have emerged—one of high sensual intensity and one of extreme sensual starvation.

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How much can we know about sensory experience in the Middle Ages? While few would question that the human senses encountered a profoundly different environment in the medieval world, two distinct and opposite interpretations of that encounter have emerged—one of high sensual intensity and one of extreme sensual starvation.

Presenting original, cutting-edge scholarship, Stephen G. Nichols, Andreas Kablitz, Alison Calhoun, and their team of distinguished colleagues transport us to the center of this lively debate. Organized within historical, thematic, and contextual frameworks, these essays examine the psychological, rhetorical, and philological complexities of sensory perception from the classical period to the late Middle Ages.

Contributors: Marina Brownlee, Princeton University; Alison Calhoun, Johns Hopkins University; Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Stanford University; Daniel Heller-Roazen, Princeton University; Andreas Kablitz, Universität zu Köln; Hildegard Elisabeth Keller, University of Zurich; Joachim Küpper, Freie Universität Berlin; Stephen G. Nichols, Johns Hopkins University; David Nirenberg, University of Chicago; Gabrielle M. Spiegel, Johns Hopkins University; Eugene Vance, University of Washington; Gregor Vogt-Spira, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald; Rainer Warning, University of Munich; Heather Webb, Ohio State University; Michel Zink, Collège de France.

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Editorial Reviews

Clio - Virginie Greene

Rethinking the Medieval Senses is a major contribution to our understanding of a fundamental aspect of medieval culture. It is throught-provoking and informative.

Senses and Society - Richard G. Newhauser

The collection of essays edited by Nichols et al. is the fruit of cooperation between historians and literary scholars (mainly in the Romance languages) at American and European universities.

Clio
Rethinking the Medieval Senses is a major contribution to our understanding of a fundamental aspect of medieval culture. It is throught-provoking and informative.

— Virginie Greene

Senses and Society
The collection of essays edited by Nichols et al. is the fruit of cooperation between historians and literary scholars (mainly in the Romance languages) at American and European universities.

— Richard G. Newhauser

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801887376
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2007
Series:
Parallax: RE-Visions of Culture and Society Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Bernard Cerquiglini

Clever, integrated, and convincing. Rethinking the Medieval Senses is a gate into the medieval culture at large—from literature to theology—into the history of the occidental body, into the complexity of the human condition.

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