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

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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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Alain Corbin is Professor of History at the Sorbonne.

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Text: English, French (translation)

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