Visual Tumult

John Demos

  • Sensory Worlds in Early America by Peter Charles Hoffer
    Johns Hopkins, 334 pp, $25.00, December 2005, ISBN 0 08 018839 7

As the long skein of historians’ interest continues to unwind – from its once dominant focus on politics and warfare, to the successively ‘new’ fields of intellectual, social and cultural history – the newest of the new is the senses. Sight, sound, taste, touch, smell: each has a history, and each has beckoned to scholars for at least a decade.

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