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The Foul and the Fragrant

Odor and the French Social Imagination

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$34.00 • £25.95 • €30.50

ISBN 9780674311763

Publication: January 1988


320 pages

6 x 9 inches

Not for sale in UK & British Commonwealth (except Canada)

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.