Grease and Sweat: Race and Smell in Eighteenth-Century English Culture

Tullett, William (2016) Grease and Sweat: Race and Smell in Eighteenth-Century English Culture. Cultural and Social History, 13 (3). pp. 307-322. ISSN 1478-0046

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14780038.2016.1202008

Abstract

From 1690 to 1800 texts printed in England linked racial difference and foul odour through understandings of occupation, food, cosmetics and sweat. Even by the end of the eighteenth-century racial odour was represented as a labile, culturally and environmentally determined characteristic. This article traces how the social ‘use’ of olfactory stereotypes, particularly their links with cosmetics, food, and odorous spaces, determined the mobilization of explanations for and attitudes to racial scent. It argues that ideas of race should not be considered monolithic or described in terms of narratives that posit a divide between the body/culture, but that racial stereotypes should be understood as collections of traits, of which smell was one, with distinctive histories.

Item Type: Journal Article
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences (until September 2018)
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2018 10:11
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 19:00
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/703926

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