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Scents and Sensibility: Perfume in Victorian Literary Culture

Catherine Maxwell


A major reconceptualization of the imagination that reinstates its hidden links with the historically neglected sense of smell, this book is the first to examine the role played by scent and perfume in Victorian literary culture. Perfume-associated notions of imaginative influence and identity are central to this study, which explores the unfamiliar scented world of Victorian literature, concentrating on texts associated with aestheticism and decadence, but also noting important anticipations in Romantic poetry and prose, and earlier Victorian poetry and fiction. Throughout, literary analysis ... More

Keywords: smell, scent, perfume, Victorian literature, aestheticism, decadence, literary analysis, olfactif

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198701750
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198701750.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Maxwell, author
Professor of Victorian Literature, Queen Mary, University of London