The Foul and the Fragrant: Odor and the French Social Imagination
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Le miasme et la jonquille: L'odorat et l'imaginaire social, XVIIIe-XIXe siècles (1982) is a book by French historian Alain Corbin. It treats the history of odors, olfaction and deodorisation in the 18th and 19th centuries. It was translated as The Foul and the Fragrant: Odor and the French Social Imagination.
- "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."
- Aura seminalis
- J. J. Becher
- Antoine Lavoisier
- Joseph Priestley
- Chemical affinity
- Jeremy Shakerley (astronomer)