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The Colour of Angels

Cosmology, Gender and the Aesthetic Imagination


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The Colour of Angels by Constance Classen
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The Colour of Angels explores the rich 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. The author provides an historical and anthropological account of 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 visions of the middle ages to nineteenth-century art movements. Through its focus on the social construction of sensory meaning in different periods and domains, The Colour of Angels not only contributes to a history of sensibilities, but compellingly demonstrates the relationship between sensory and gender orders, revealing a crucial but previously unexplored area of womens history.
Release date Australia
October 8th, 1998
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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