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

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Harvard University Press, 1986 - History - 307 pages
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At once encyclopedic and impressionistic, The Foul and the Fragrant is a masterful exposition of odors and the perception of odors from 1750 to the 'Pasteurian revolution' of the late nineteenth century. It is an important and, at times, fascinating voyage... Exploring with imagination and audacity the changing role of smell in the anxieties and antagonisms of the modern world, Corbin reminds us that social history, too long sanitized and too often abstract, must make room for the senses.
 

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This is a fascinating but difficult book, rooted in the commitment to "total'' history pioneered by the French Annales school. Highly original and interdisciplinary, it discusses the development of ... Read full review

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Alain Corbin is Professor of History at the Sorbonne.

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