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Living by InchesThe Smells, Sounds, Tastes, and Feeling of Captivity in Civil War Prisons$
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Evan A. Kutzler

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469653785

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653785.001.0001

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Dusk

Dusk

Leveling the Senses

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(p.16) Chapter One Dusk
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Living by Inches
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Evan A. Kutzler

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653785.003.0002

This chapter explores the multisensory experience of night in places of captivity from battlefields and hospitals to prisons. Sensory historians sometimes write of a hierarchy of the senses with vision at the top; however, as attention to night reveals, the five senses were individually and collectively essential to navigating prison nocturnal and diurnal hours. For prisoners, dusk ushered in more acute feelings of fear and loneliness than the day alongside sharper non-visual experiences, such as the crack of a rifle or the feeling of lice. It also opened opportunities for real resistance—fooling the eyes and ears of the guards—or imagined escape in the form of dreams.

Keywords:   multisensory experience, hierarchy of the senses, night, dusk, darkness, resistance, dreams

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