"Dickensians will want to know that there is a fascinating final chapter that concentrates on Our Mutual Friend
.... Like all the readings in Common Scents
, this is lucid and sophisticated.... Carlisle's groundbreaking book has the added attraction of being beautifully written.... Dickens scholars would do well to consult this fascinating and thought-provoking study, which abounds in original insights."--Dickens Quarterly
"Important for [its] interest in how the senses register modernity, and for the broader social implications of the ways in which the outside world penetrates the bodily sensorium;...whether the nose smells the proximity of the poor or the odor that belongs to the habits of another--and often threateningly social ascendant--class."--Studies in English Literature 1500-1900
"What Carlisle details is a fascinating subject: just how human exchanges can be prescribed by olfaction and how odors consequently define encounters between literary characters.... This detailing produces a provocative book about the Victorian novel and a pioneering study of Victorian scent."--Victorian Literature and Culture
About the Author
is Professor of English at Tulane University.