Past Scents: Historical Perspectives on Smell (Studies in Sensory History)

Past Scents Historical Perspectives on Smell Studies in Sensory History In this comprehensive and engaging volume medical historian Jonathan Reinarz offers a historiography of smell from ancient to modern times Synthesizing existing scholarship in the field he shows how

  • Title: Past Scents: Historical Perspectives on Smell (Studies in Sensory History)
  • Author: Jonathan Reinarz
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  • Page: 442
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  • In this comprehensive and engaging volume, medical historian Jonathan Reinarz offers a historiography of smell from ancient to modern times Synthesizing existing scholarship in the field, he shows how people have relied on their olfactory sense to understand and engage with both their immediate environments and wider corporal and spiritual worlds.This broad survey demonstIn this comprehensive and engaging volume, medical historian Jonathan Reinarz offers a historiography of smell from ancient to modern times Synthesizing existing scholarship in the field, he shows how people have relied on their olfactory sense to understand and engage with both their immediate environments and wider corporal and spiritual worlds.This broad survey demonstrates how each community or commodity possesses, or has been thought to possess, its own peculiar scent Through the meanings associated with smells, osmologies develop what cultural anthropologists have termed the systems that utilize smells to classify people and objects in ways that define their relations to each other and their relative values within a particular culture European Christians, for instance, relied on their noses to differentiate Christians from heathens, whites from people of color, women from men, virgins from harlots, artisans from aristocracy, and pollution from perfume.This reliance on smell was not limited to the global North Around the world, Reinarz shows, people used scents to signify individual and group identity in a morally constructed universe where the good smelled pleasant and their opposites reeked.With chapters including Heavenly Scents, Fragrant Lucre, and Odorous Others, Reinarz s timely survey is a useful and entertaining look at the history of one of our most important but least understood senses.

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    1. Jonathan Reinarz Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Past Scents: Historical Perspectives on Smell (Studies in Sensory History) book, this is one of the most wanted Jonathan Reinarz author readers around the world.

    2. bookreviewsbyme2.wordpressI hadn't previously thought much about the history of scents, so when I saw this book on NetGalley I decided on a whim to read it. I found the book to be interesting and informative.This book chronicles the history of scent from religion to the perfume industry to the smells of our surroundings. Each chapter included a vast amount of information that, while technical, was still incredibly interesting to read about. The chapters seem to touch on most things and go into d [...]

    3. 3.5* It doesn't hurt that I love this topic. And even though this book was packed with interesting history (too densely at times), I could see that it was probably just scratching the surface - amazing, just amazing stuff. Smell. Just imagine what the past must have smelled like! Reinarz does a great job of describing how the world of scent has changed over time, how it has been perceived, and how it has differentiated cultures, classes, the sexes. The more I read, the more fascinated I got. Try [...]

    4. Compared to our other senses, smell has been little studied, and is perhaps something we don’t think much about – until we come across a bad odour! So this painstakingly researched, comprehensive and detailed study is particularly to be welcomed. It’s a relatively academic text, a serious one, but accessible to the general reader and so full of fascinating information that it will surely appeal to just about anyone. From literature to religion, the perfume industry to public health, medica [...]

    5. netgalley“Odors have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions, or will. The persuasive power of an odor cannot be fended off, it enters into us like breath into our lungs, it fills us up, imbues us totally. There is no remedy for it.” ― Patrick Süskind, Perfume: The Story of a MurdererScrape out the humor of a Roach book, and you still get something that is approachable. This isn't one of those books. It reads more like a reference book. This isn't a terrib [...]

    6. *ARC copy provided courtesy of NetGalley*- - -Did you know that much of the perfume used in ancient Egypt smelled of Lotus? Or that ancient perfumes were more often thick pastes rather than liquids? Or that iris flower scent matures like a good wine, reaching its optimal smell point after 20 years? Or that the start of modern-day perfume industry began largely thanks to the need to get the stench of the tannery out of leather gloves by perfuming them? These are just some of the interesting nugge [...]

    7. Since reading Corbin's Miasme et la Jonquille way back in a 19th century history class, I've been fascinated by attempted to capture the sensory past. Reinarz attempts this with scent, focusing on Europe, the colonized New World and parts of the trading Silk Road to illustrate ways in which, since ancient times, people have associated scents with sanctity, evil, sex, social status and power, the ways in which they've tried to reproduce them with perfume, and how those deep-rooted ideas permeate [...]

    8. (2.5) I read this book with the intention of publishing a review elsewhere, but I found the distant language difficult to plod through. There were moments that revealed a more textbook-ish manner ("In Chapter 1, I will explain" "In conclusion,"). Habits I'd try to nudge my comp students out of having.Truly, this sounds like a fascinating book, and I think it could have been. But my curiosity simply needed less dry diction.

    9. Really fascinating, looks at changes in attitude toward scents etc, roles in perception of class, gender, urban smellscapesry interesting.

    10. Dnf,Couldn't get into it and just found myself skimming through the pages not retaining anything. interesting concept, just not for me

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