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Aroma : the cultural history of smell

Author: Constance Classen; David Howes; Anthony Synnott
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1994.
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Aroma breaks the 'olfactory silence' of modernity by offering the first comprehensive exploration of the cultural role of odours in Western history - from antiquity to the present - and in a wide variety of non-Western societies. Its topics range from the medieval concept of the 'odour of sanctity' to the aroma-therapies of South America, and from olfactory stereotypes of gender and ethnicity in the modern West to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Constance Classen; David Howes; Anthony Synnott
ISBN: 0415114721 9780415114721 041511473X 9780415114738
OCLC Number: 29910901
Description: viii, 248 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: The meaning and power of smell --
The aromas of antiquity --
Following the scent: from the Middle Ages to modernity --
Universes of odour --
The rites of smell --
Odour and power: the politics of smell --
The aroma of the commodity: the commercialization of smell.
Responsibility: Constance Classen, David Howes, and Anthony Synnott.
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This text argues that smell is repressed in the modern West, and its social history ignored. It attempts to break the "olfactory silence" of modernity by offering an exploration of the cultural role  Read more...

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