Session703
TitleSenses and Stenches
Date/TimeTuesday 8 July 2014: 14.15-15.45
 
SponsorState University of New York, Oneonta
 
OrganiserApril Harper, Department of History, State University of New York, Oneonta
 
Moderator/ChairBen Parsons, School of Arts, University of Leicester
 
Paper 703-a Cold in Medieval Travel Writing
(Language: English)
Kim M. Phillips, Department of History, University of Auckland
Index Terms: Anthropology; Geography and Settlement Studies
Paper 703-b Stench in the City
(Language: English)
Kris Towson, Independent Scholar, Ontario
Index Terms: Demography; Economics - Urban
Paper 703-c The Devil's Fart
(Language: English)
April Harper, Department of History, State University of New York, Oneonta
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Language and Literature - French or Occitan
 
AbstractWhat role do sensory descriptions play in art, city life, and in medieval travellers's accounts of Orient? Undoubtedly, sight was the most important sense for travellers seeking to portray distant places and peoples. Yet tastes, smells, sounds, and textures also had their parts to play in Europeans's tales of experience and encounter at home and abroad. These papers examine medieval travel writing, descriptions of city life, and gender relations from the 12th to 15th centuries, seeking evocations of the four lesser senses and considering their literary effects. In particular, it explores diversity in sensory evocation.