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Common Scents: Comparative Encounters in High-Victorian Fiction

Janice Carlisle


Surveying the representation of odors in eighty British novels written in the 1860s, this study 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 reveal the sta ... More

Keywords: class, economics, gender, inequality, materiality, middle-class, odor, osmology, psychophysiology

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Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195165098
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165098.001.0001


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Janice Carlisle, author
Tulane University
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