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Vision in Early Modern European Cultureav Stuart Clark1149
In this original and fascinating book, Stuart Clark investigates the cultural history of the senses in early modern Europe. At a time in which the nature and reliability of human vision was a focus for debate in medicine, art theory, science, and philosophy, there was an explosion of interest in the truth (or otherwise) of miracles, dreams, magic, and witchcraft. Was seeing really believing? Vanities of the Eye wonderfully illustrates how this was woven into
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contemporary works such as Macbeth - deeply concerned with the dangers of visual illusion - and exposes early modern theories on the relationship between the real and the virtual.
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British Journal for the History of Science [A] densely argued work.
History Workshop Journal A major intellectual triumph, an indispensible and enlightening read for all those interested in the early modern body and its senses.
The English Historical Review [This book is] based on prodigiously wide reading and solid scholarship.
Early Popular Visual Culture This book offers much new information on attitudes during the early modern period, attitudes that have been historically neglected ... [An] important piece of research.
Yvonne Gasper Institute for Historical Review ...compelling...Vanities of the Eye offers readers a taste of the unexpected and fruitful complexities to be gained by turning a serious eye to the historical questions of sight.
PD Smith, The Guardian A densely argued but wonderfully subtle exploration of how, from the 15th to the 17th centuries, people developed a complex understanding of the relationship between what was seen and what was known.
Fortean Times Vanities of the Eye is dense with examples of the interpenetration of the weird, the wondrous and the mundane, drawn from a deep well of scholarship... A thoroughly satisfying read... 9 out of 10
Jane Partner, Renaissance Quarterly an impressive and authoritative contribution to the cultural historu of sight that will provide a substantial resource for scholars working in a number of fields.
Stuart Clark was born in 1942 in Marple, Cheshire. He studied at University of Wales, Swansea and at Cambridge. He was senior lecturer in the Department of History at UW Swansea from 1995-98 and then Professor from 1998 to the present. He has been a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and Lilly Fellow at the National Humanities Centre, North Carolina. He was elected to the British Academy in 2000.
PREFACE; 1. Species: Vision and values; 2. Fantasies: Seeing without what was within; 3. Prestiges: Illusions in magic and art; 4. Glamours: Demons and virtual worlds; 5. Images: The reformation of the eyes; 6. Apparitions: The discernment of spirits; 7. Sights: King Saul and King Macbeth; 8. Seemings: Philosophical scepticism; 9. Dreams: The epistemology of sleep; 10. Signs: Vision and the new philosophy; BIBLIOGRAPHY