AHA-BUCH

The Power of Smell in American Literature

Odor, Affect, and Social Inequality
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ISBN-13:
9783631681084
Einband:
Buch
Erscheinungsdatum:
24.01.2017
Seiten:
335
Autor:
Daniela Babilon
Gewicht:
531 g
Format:
216x151x27 mm
Serie:
69, Mainzer Studien zur Amerikanistik
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

The affective power of the motif of smell throughout American literature - Uniting and dividing scents - From «the smell of otherness» to subversive re-writes and counter-discourses - Analyses of literary samples from the mid-seventeenth to the early twenty-first century - Smell and synesthesia
Offering a thoroughly new approach to American literature, this book examines the literary representation of smell regarding its impact on establishing and subverting power structures. Although smell carries an enormous affective potential, it has been largely - but unjustly - overlooked in literary and cultural studies. Through her innovative close readings of works by authors such as Melville, Whitman, Equiano, Wilkins Freeman, Faulkner, Morrison, or Ellison, the author shows how smell stereotypes are used to discriminate against people and how odor references serve to undermine oppressive power structures. For this purpose, the author traces the cultural history of odor and combines insights from fields such as critical race, gender, intersectionality, trauma, and affect theories.