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The Anatomy of the Senses: Natural Symbols in Medieval and Early Modern Italy

The Anatomy of the Senses: Natural Symbols in Medieval and Early Modern Italy

Piero Camporesi

ISBN: 978-0-745-60506-7

Jan 1995

224 pages

Select type: Hardcover

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$69.95

Description

This book is a brilliant account of medieval and early modern attitudes to the cosmos in general and the human body in particular, written by one of the foremost historians of folklore and popular beliefs in Europe today.
The Hieroglyphic for Pleasure.

Plants as Symbols.

The Cursed Cheese.

The "Stupendous Abstinences".

The "Dreadful Desire to Study.".

The Anatomy of Emptiness.

"Juicy, Soft and Flexible.".

Retarded Knowledge.

Index.

'Comprehensive, lucid and original, The Anatomy of the Senses will stand high amongst Camporesi's works.' Roy Porter, Wellcome Institute for the History of medicine

'Piero Camporesi is one of the most stimulating and path-breaking historians.' Roy Porter

'These are essays in the fullest sense. Camporesi eschews the footnotes.... He reaches for the opposite: a personal response to subjects shaped by wide reading, inspired insights, and reflexive prejudices.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

'... The mass of detailed evidence collected here remains consistently fascinating. This is an important book by an important historian." Choice

* The author is one of the foremost, and perhaps the most original, historians of food, the body and popular beliefs in Europe today.
* An outstanding account of attitudes to the cosmos, food and the human body in medieval and early modern times.
* The author is one of the foremost, and perhaps the most original, historians of food, the body and popular beliefs in Europe today.
* An outstanding account of attitudes to the cosmos, food and the human body in medieval and early modern times.