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Rob Boddice

think?’) and a literal investigation into our senses, on three levels. It might ask us to identify the level of, say, pain in a given moment: during a dental procedure, for example. It might ask us to rate or evaluate another sort of sensory experience: how do you feel about the chocolate cake, about the noise levels, about the view? And it is also literally an enquiry into how we feel. What are the mechanisms involved in allowing us to make sense of the world? The conceptual confusion of all this, compounded by the semantic overlap, which conflates the sensory

in The history of emotions
Rob Boddice

judgement (as a synonym for ‘what do you think?’) and a literal investigation into your senses, on three levels. I might be asking you to identify the level of, say, pain in a given moment: during a dental procedure, for example. I might be asking you to rate or evaluate another sort of sensory experience: how do you feel about the chocolate cake, about the noise levels, about the view? And it is also literally an enquiry into how you feel. What are the mechanisms or processes (or choose your metaphor) involved in allowing you

in The History of Emotions

This book attempts to interrogate the literary, artistic and cultural output of early modern England. Following Constance Classen's view that understandings of the senses, and sensory experience itself, are culturally and historically contingent; it explores the culturally specific role of the senses in textual and aesthetic encounters in England. The book follows Joachim-Ernst Berendt's call for 'a democracy of the senses' in preference to the various sensory hierarchies that have often shaped theory and criticism. It argues that the playhouse itself challenged its audiences' reliance on the evidence of their own eyes, teaching early modern playgoers how to see and how to interpret the validity of the visual. The book offers an essay on each of the five senses, beginning and ending with two senses, taste and smell, that are often overlooked in studies of early modern culture. It investigates Robert Herrick's accounts in Hesperides of how the senses function during sexual pleasure and contact. The book also explores sensory experiences, interrogating textual accounts of the senses at night in writings from the English Renaissance. It offers a picture of early modern thought in which sensory encounters are unstable, suggesting ways in which the senses are influenced by the contexts in which they are experienced: at night, in states of sexual excitement, or even when melancholic. The book looks at the works of art themselves and considers the significance of the senses for early modern subjects attending a play, regarding a painting, and reading a printed volume.

Aurélie Griffin

8 Love melancholy and the senses in Mary Wroth’s works Aurélie Griffin In his Anatomy of Melancholy (1621), Robert Burton defines the effects of love on humankind: How it tickles the hearts of mortall men,    Horresco referens, — I am almost afraid to relate, amazed, and ashamed, it hath wrought such stupend and prodigious effects, such foule offences. Love indeed (I may not deny) first united Provinces, built citties, and by a perpetuall generation, makes and preserves mankind, propagates the Church; but if it is rage it is no more Love, but burning lust, a

in The senses in early modern England, 1558–1660
Laurence Lux-Sterritt

7 • What place for the senses in contemplative life? The study of emotions in conventual writings reveals that religious women’s relationship to the body and to physically mediated experiences was complex, and at times paradoxical. The contemplative ideal rejected the physical in favour of the spiritual, it treated the flesh as a burden, a hindrance to religious perfection. Yet nuns remained women of flesh and blood; their religious experience was, by necessity, mediated through the senses. In their daily o ­ ccupations for the pragmatic running of the convent

in English Benedictine nuns in exile in the seventeenth century
Natalie K. Eschenbaum

6 Robert Herrick and the five (or six) senses Natalie K. Eschenbaum When you descend to the lower level of the Art Museum of New South Wales, you are greeted with an intense, pungent, but welcoming aroma. Cinnamon, cardamom and cloves – the same spices that lured English Renaissance traders to India – draw you into a room that houses Ernesto Neto’s installation, Just Like Drops in Time, Nothing.1 Dozens of massive semi-transparent tubes of stocking-like fabric hang from the ceiling, weighted down by hundreds of pounds of ground spices. As Neto’s title prompts

in The senses in early modern England, 1558–1660
David Howes

this chapter: interiorizing the senses. However, it is the cover of the Fall 2000 Pier 1 Imports catalogue that more sensuously captures the spirit – and the message – of what follows. Pier 1 is a home furnishings store that specializes in wood and wicker furniture, textured draperies (velvet, corduroy), faux tribal art, cast-iron candelabra, and scented candles – especially scented candles. The catalogue cover shows a miniature slate stone fountain, with earthy hues, suitable for a living room end table, or the garden

in The senses in interior design
Sensorial expressions and experiences

The physical world is experienced and understood through the five senses. This is especially true of the interior where decorators and designers, both professional and amateur, have long experimented with, embraced and harnessed new materials, objects and technologies to enhance or heighten sensory awareness and wellbeing. Yet a discussion of sight, touch, smell, hearing and taste is too often overlooked in the histories and historiography of interior design and design history. Interiors do not solely exist in abstract or inchoate form: it is through the senses that the body navigates and negotiates the experiences that interior design offers. Drawing from fields including design history, design studies and sensory studies, The senses in interior design charts the somewhat fragmentary histories of how the senses have been mobilized within various forms of interior. Grouped into three thematic clusters exploring sensory politics, aesthetic entanglements and sensual economies respectively, the contributions brought together in this volume shed light on sensory expressions and experiences of interior design throughout history. Examining domestic and public interiors from the late sixteenth century to today, the authors give back to the body its central role in the practices, understanding and uses of interiors. In so doing, they explore fundamental considerations about identities, social structures and politics that reveal the significance of the senses in all aspects of interior design and decoration.

The pleasure of reading comedies in early modern England
Hannah August

11 ‘Tickling the senses with sinful delight’: the pleasure of reading comedies in early modern England Hannah August In the introduction to Shakespearean Sensations (2013), Katharine A. Craik and Tanya Pollard foreground the degree to which early modern antitheatricalists’ anxieties about the theatre are couched in descriptions of sensory affect. They cite Stephen Gosson’s complaint that plays’ ‘straunge consortes of melody [...] tickle the ear’, the actors’ ‘costly apparel [...] flatter[s] the sight’, while their ‘effeminate gesture[s] [...] ravish the sence

in The senses in early modern England, 1558–1660
Penny McCall Howard

89 3 Techniques to extend the body and its senses For those who work at sea in the North Atlantic, ‘being at sea’ is more accurately described as ‘being on a boat’. While bodily immersion in frigid sea water may be an accidental and usually lethal consequence of working on a boat, people working at sea kept a very sharp division between the experience of being on the sea and being in the sea. This points to the crucial role of boats and other machines as the places and objects which are most directly inhabited while working and living at sea. Talking to Alex

in Environment, labour and capitalism at sea