Sensory perception in the Medieval West

Thomson, S. and Bintley, M., eds. (2016) Sensory perception in the Medieval West. Turnhout: Brepols.

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Abstract

An interdisciplinary exploration of the sensory experiences invited and explored by textual and material products of the medieval period. What was it like to experience the medieval world through one’s senses? Can we access those past sensory experiences, and use our senses to engage with the medieval world? How do texts, objects, spaces, manuscripts, and language itself explore, define, exploit, and control the senses of those who engage with them? This collection of essays seeks to explore these challenging questions. To do so is inevitably to take an interdisciplinary and context-focused approach. As a whole, this book develops understanding of how different fields speak to one another when they are focused on human experiences, whether of those who used our sources in the medieval period, or of those who seek to understand and to teach those sources today. Articles by leading researchers in their respective fields examine topics including: Old English terminology for the senses, effects of the digitisation of manuscripts on scholarship, Anglo-Saxon explorations of non-human senses, scribal sensory engagement with poetry, the control of sound in medieval drama, bird sounds and their implications for Anglo-Saxon sensory perception, how goldwork controls the viewing gaze, legalised sensory impairment, and the exploitation of the senses by poetry, architecture, and cult objects.

Item Type: Edited Book
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion > BL0001 Religion (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion > BL0425 Religious doctrines (General) > BL0435 Nature worship
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion > BL0051 Philosophy of religion. Psychology of religion. Religion in relation to other subjects
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion > BL0070 Sacred books (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion > BL0660 History and principles of religions > BL0689 European. Occidental > BL0830 Germanic and Norse
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity > BR0115 Christianity in relation to special subjects > BR0127 Relation of Christianity to other religious and philosophical systems
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity > BR0130 Christian antiquities. Archaeology. Museums
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity > BR0140 History > BR0160-0481 By period > BR0160-0275 Early and medieval
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity > BR0060 Early Christian literature. Fathers of the Church, etc.
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D0111 Medieval history
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D0111 Medieval history > D0200 Later medieval. 11th-15th centuries
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DC France
D History General and Old World > DC France > DC0035 History > DC0060 By period > DC0061 Early and medieval to 1515
D History General and Old World > DL Northern Europe. Scandinavia
P Language and Literature > PD Germanic languages > PD1501 North Germanic. Scandinavian > PD2201 Old Norse. Old Icelandic and Old Norwegian
P Language and Literature > PE English > PE0101 Anglo-Saxon. Old English
P Language and Literature > PE English > PE0501 Middle English
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General) > Q0002 General
Q Science > QM Human anatomy
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Dr Michael Bintley
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2017 15:07
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2017 15:07
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/15690

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