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Adam Mack

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Connection to Illinois: Mack is an assistant professor of history in the Department of Liberal Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Biography: Adam Mack joined School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Liberal Arts Department in 2007. He is the author of ''Sensing Chicago: Noisemakers, Strikebreakers, and Muckrakers'', the first multisensory history of the Windy City. His initial work in sensory history dealt with American supermarkets and the sensory landscape of the post-World War II suburbs. His articles on the senses and suburban consumer culture include ''Speaking of Tomatoes: Supermarkets, the Senses, and Sexual Fantasy in Modern America'' in the ''Journal of Social History'', ''The Politics of Good Taste: Whole Foods Markets and Sensory Design'' in ''The Senses & Society'' and ''The Senses in the Marketplace: Commercial Aesthetics for a Suburban Age'' in ''A Cultural History of the Senses in the Modern Age'' edited by David Howes.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Adam Mack on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

  Sensing Chicago :
ISBN: 0252080750 OCLC: 909028388

A hundred years and more ago, a walk down a Chicago street invited an assault on the senses. Untiring hawkers shouted from every corner. The manure from thousands of horses lay on streets pooled with molasses and puddled with kitchen grease. Odors from a river gelatinous and lumpy with all manner of foulness mingled with the all-pervading stench of the stockyard slaughterhouses. In this book, Adam Mack lets fresh air into the sensory history of Chicago in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by examining five events: the Chicago River, the Great Fire, the 1894 Pullman Strike, the publication of Upton Sinclair's 'The Jungle', and the rise and fall of the White City amusement park.