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

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Psychology Press, 1998 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 234 pages
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This text looks at the symbolism of the senses which animated the cosmos before the modern scientific view of the world came to dominate, revealing the gender politics behind such sensory constructs as the male gaze and the female touch and tracing the development of a hierarchy of the senses from medieval cosmology to the advent of computer graphics. The book is divided into three parts cosmology, gender and aesthetics - and uses a wide variety of examples, from the sensuous religious visions of the middle ages to 19th-century art movements.
 

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Contents

Illustrationt viil
1
the sensory cosmologies
13
sacred histories of scent
36
writing womens work and feminine
86
lessons in aesthetics from the blind
138
Noces
161
Bibliography
209
Index
229
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Classen is an Independent Researcher in the Social Sciences and Humanities at the Research Council of Canada.

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