The Kiss in History

The Kiss in History

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Writers have previously placed the action of kissing into categories: kisses of love, affection, peace, respect and friendship. Each of the essays in this fascinating book takes a single kind of kiss and uses it as an index to the past. For rather than offering a simple history of the kiss, this book is about the kiss in history. In this collection, an eminent group of cultural historians explore the kiss through sources as diverse as religious texts, popular prints, court depositions, periodicals, diaries and poetry. This collection shows that by analyzing the kiss and its position--embedded as it is as part of our culture--history can use small gestures to take us to big issues concerning ourselves and others, the past and the present.separating her relationship with Thomas Smith from that which she shared with her husband.70 Greeting her lover with a#39;great joy ... This connection gave such evidence much symbolic importance in stories of illicit relationships presented to the courts.74 ... Later on, the men took to a#39;jeeringa#39; William Hockmore about his wife, teasing him that he would soon be a#39;fittfed]a#39; with cuckolda#39;s horns.75 Allowing theseanbsp;...

Title:The Kiss in History
Author:Karen Harvey
Publisher:Manchester University Press - 2005-07-15


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