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Common Scents: Comparative Encounters in High-Victorian Fiction Hardcover – February 19, 2004

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"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

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Janice Carlisle is Professor of English at Tulane University.

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