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Feeling Pleasures: The Sense of Touch in Renaissance England

Joe Moshenska


Feeling Pleasures identifies the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in England as a period in which the sense of touch was subjected to unprecedented scrutiny and debate, through which a variety of writers and artists explored the most fundamental of questions concerning the nature and worth of the human body and its experiences, the place of the human in the material world and the relationship between the human and the divine. The opening chapters consider the debates surrounding pious touch occasioned by the Reformation, ranging from polemics aimed at the handling of relics and the Eucharis ... More

Keywords: touch, body, Reformation, Renaissance, tickling, human experience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198712947
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712947.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joe Moshenska, author
Fellow and Lecturer in English, Trinity College, University of Cambridge