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Smell in Eighteenth-Century England: A Social Sense

William Tullett


In England during the period between the 1670s and the 1820s a transformation took place in how smell and the senses were viewed. This book traces that transformation. The role of smell in creating medical and scientific knowledge came under intense scrutiny and the equation of smell with disease was actively questioned. Yet a new interest in smell’s emotive and idiosyncratic dimensions offered odours a new power in the sociable spaces of eighteenth-century England. Using a wide range of sources from diaries, letters, and sanitary records to satirical prints, consumer objects, and magazines, W ... More

Keywords: Senses, Materiality, Smell, Body, Consumption, Sociability, Medicine, Emotions, Urban, Atmosphere

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198844136
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198844136.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Tullett, author
Lecturer in History, Anglia Ruskin University