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The Colour of Angels By Constance Classen

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Compellingly demonstrates the relationship between sensory and gender orders, highlighting the gender politics behind such sensory constructs as the male gaze and the female touch.
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The Colour of Angels: Cosmology, Gender and the Aesthetic Imagination by Constance Classen

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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The Colour of Angels Reviews

"Classen's achievement is impressive...."
-"American Historical Review
"[A] fresh contribution to the literature on gender and the body in religion."
-"Religious Studies Review
"The common thread that ties these subjects [cosmology, gender, and aesthetics] together is Classen's excellent historical overview of sensory symbolism....Classen provides a rich and evocative volume."
-L. A. Dawe, "Social & Behavioral Sciences
"With the blend of erudition and elegance we have now come to expect, Constance Classen's "The Color of Angels does much to restore the history of the senses to its proper importance."
-Roy Porter, Wellcome Institute
"It is a solid and imaginative contribution to both the history of the senses as well as to feminist scholarship from the middles ages up to the rise of modernism."
-Sander L. Gilman, University of Chicago

Table of Contents

On the color of angels: the sensory cosmologies of St. Hildegard, Boehme and Fourier; the breath of God: sacred histories of scent II gender; the scented womb and the seminal eye: embodying gender codes through the senses; pens and needles: writing, women's work and feminine sensibilities III aesthetics; symbolist harmonies, futurist colours, surrealist recipes: crossing sensory borders in the arts; a feel for the world: lessons in aesthetics from the blind bibliography.

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The Colour of Angels: Cosmology, Gender and the Aesthetic Imagination by Constance Classen
Constance Classen
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Taylor & Francis Ltd
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