Foul and the Fragrant Odor and the French Social Imagination

ISBN-10: 0674311760
ISBN-13: 9780674311763
Edition: 1986
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 1986
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 1/1/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

In a book whose insight and originality have already had a dazzling impact in France, Alain Corbin has put the sense of smell on the historical map. He conjures up the dominion that the combined forces of smells--from the seductress's civet to the ubiquitous excremental odors of city cesspools--exercised over the lives (and deaths) of the French in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Alain Corbin is a professor at University of Paris I Panth�on Sorbonne. He is the leading figure among French historians who have concentrated on "ordinary people." Known for his originality and iconoclastic work, Corbin is the author of The Foul and the Fragrant, The Lure of the Sea,and, most recently, Village Bells: The Culture of the Senses in Nineteenth-Century French Countryside.He lives in Paris, France.

Introduction
The Perceptual Revolution or the Sense of Smell on Trial
Air and the Threat of the Putrid
The Extremes of Olfactory Vigilance
Social Emanations
Redefining the Intolerable
The New Calculus of Olfactory Pleasure
Purifying Public Space
The Tactics of Deodorization
Odors and the Physiology of the Social Order
Policy and Pollution
Smells, Symbols, and Social Representations
The Stench of the Poor
Domestic Atmospheres
The Perfumes of Intimacy
The Intoxicating Flask
"Laughter in a Bead of Sweat"
The Odors of Paris
Conclusion
Notes
Index

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