The history of sensibilities: Of the standard of taste in mid-eighteenth century England and the circulation of smells in post-revolutionary France

  title={The history of sensibilities: Of the standard of taste in mid-eighteenth century England and the circulation of smells in post-revolutionary France},
  author={D. Howes and M. Lalonde},
  journal={Dialectical Anthropology},
ConclusionWe have presented a somewhat different picture of the “sensory profile” of the mid-to late-eighteenth century than is found in the work of so renowned an historian as Michel Foucault.49 According to Foucault, sight is the dominant (and dominating) sense of the modern ara; we live in a “society of surveillance.” In his account, there has been a steady progression in the power of the gaze to organize both knowledge and society since the Enlightenment. It was the reorganization of the… Expand
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