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John Demos: Sensory history, 30 November 2006

Sensory Worlds in Early America 
by Peter CharlesHoffer.
Johns Hopkins, 334 pp., $25, December 2005, 9780801883927
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... map of sensory life, from some (undetermined) beginning point long ago right up to the present. Peter CharlesHoffer, one of sensory history’s leading exponents, acknowledges both approaches and, to a degree, tries them out in his own study. But his central aim is something more. He wishes to give sensory ...

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