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The Colour of Angels: Cosmology, Gender and the Aesthetic Imagination

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Overview

The Colour of Angels uncovers the gender politics behind our attitude to the senses. Using a wide variety of examples, ranging from the sensuous religious visions of the middle ages through to nineteenth-century art movements, this book reveals a previously unexplored area of womens history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415180733
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/10/1998
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Pt. I Cosmology 11
1 On the color of angels: the sensory cosmologies of St. Hildegard, Boehme, and Fourier 13
2 The breath of God: sacred histories of scent 36
Pt. II Gender 61
3 The scented womb and the seminal eye: embodying gender codes through the senses 63
4 Pens and needles: writing, women's work, and feminine sensibilities 86
Pt. III Aesthetics 107
5 Symbolist harmonies, Futurist colors, Surrealist recipes: crossing sensory borders in the arts 109
6 A feel for the world: lessons in aesthetics from the blind 138
Notes 161
Bibliography 209
Index 229
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