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Common Scents: Comparative Encounters in High-Victorian Fiction(2004)  무료배송

 
지은이 : Janice Carlisle
출판사 : Oxford
판수 : 1 edition
페이지수 : 220 pages
ISBN : 0195165098
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Who smells? Surveying nearly eighty novels written in the 1860s to answer that impolite question, Common Scents provides a new reading of Victorian values, particularly as they assess the relative merits of men and women, spirit and matter. In depictions of comparative encounters, the commonplace meetings of everyday life, such fiction often registers the inequalities that distinguish one individual from another by marking one of them with a smell. In a surprisingly consistent fashion, these references constitute what cultural anthropologists call an osmology, a system of differentiations that reveals the status within a particular culture of the persons and things associated with specific odors. Featuring often innocuous and even potentially pleasing aromas emanating from food, flowers, and certain kinds of labor, novels of the 1860s array their characters into distinct categories, finding in some rather than others olfactory proof of their materiality. Central to this osmology is the difference between characters who give off odors and those who do not, and this study draws upon the work of Victorian psychophysiologists and popular commentators on the senses to establish the subtlety with which fictional representations make that distinction. By exploring the far-reaching implications of this osmology in specific novels by Dickens, Eliot, Meredith, Oliphant, Trollope, and Yonge, Common Scents argues that the strikingly similar plots and characterizations typical of the 1860s, responding as they do to the economic and political concerns of the decade, reconfigure conventional understandings of the relations between men and women. Determining who smells reveals what Victorian culture at its epitome takes for granted as a deeply embedded common sense, the recognition of whose self-evident truth seems to be as instinctive and automatic as a response to an odor
Janice Carlisle is Professor of English at Tulane University
1.Smelling others
2.Melancholic men
3.Women of substance
4.Treating the melancholic of our mutual friend
"Dickensians will want to know that there is a fascinating final chapter that concentrates on Our Mutual Friend.... Like all the readings in Common Scents, this is lucid and sophisticated.... Carlisle's groundbreaking book has the added attraction of being beautifully written.... Dickens scholars would do well to consult this fascinating and thought-provoking study, which abounds in original insights."--Dickens Quarterly


"Important for [its] interest in how the senses register modernity, and for the broader social implications of the ways in which the outside world penetrates the bodily sensorium;...whether the nose smells the proximity of the poor or the odor that belongs to the habits of another--and often threateningly social ascendant--class."--Studies in English Literature 1500-1900


"What Carlisle details is a fascinating subject: just how human exchanges can be prescribed by olfaction and how odors consequently define encounters between literary characters.... Thi

   
 
   
 
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