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The Foul and the Fragrant: Odor and the French Social Imagination

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Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Alain Corbin is Professor of History at the Sorbonne.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part One: The Perceptual Revolution or the Sense of Smell on Trial

1. Air and the Threat of the Putrid

2. The Extremes of Olfactory Vigilance

3. Social Emanations

4. Redefining the Intolerable

5. The New Calculus of Olfactory Pleasure

Part Two: Purifying Public Space

6. The Tactics of Deodorization

7. Odors and the Physiology of the Social Order

8. Policy and Pollution

Part Three: Smells, Symbols, and Social Representations

9. The Stench of the Poor

10. Domestic Atmospheres

11. The Perfumes of Intimacy

12. The Intoxicating Flask

13. "Laughter in a Bead of Sweat"

14. The Odors of Paris

Conclusion

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674311763
Translator:
Kochan, Miriam L.
Author:
Kochan, Miriam L.
Author:
Corbin, Alain
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Chemistry - General
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
General History
Subject:
France
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
HISTORY / Modern / General
Subject:
Science-Life Sciences - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
April 1988
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
none
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Europe » France » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » World History » European History General
History and Social Science » World History » General

The Foul and the Fragrant: Odor and the French Social Imagination
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"Synopsis" by , 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.
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