Filth: Dirt, Disgust, And Modern Life

U of Minnesota Press
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From floating barges of urban refuse to dung-encrusted works of art, from toxic landfills to dirty movies, filth has become a major presence and a point of volatile contention in modern life. This book explores the question of what filth has to do with culture: what critical role the lost, the rejected, the abject, and the dirty play in social management and identity formation. It suggests the ongoing power of culturally mandated categories of exclusion and repression. Focusing on filth in literary and cultural materials from London, Paris, and their colonial outposts in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the essays in "Filth, all but one previously unpublished, range over topics as diverse as the building of sewers in nineteenth-century European metropolises, the link between interior design and bourgeois sanitary phobias, the fictional representation of laboring women and foreigners as polluting, and relations among disease, disorder, and sexual-racial disharmony. "Filth provides the first sustained consideration, both theoretical and historical, of a subject whose power to horrify, fascinate, and repel is as old as civilization itself.
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Publisher
U of Minnesota Press
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Published on
Dec 31, 2005
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Pages
317
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ISBN
9781452906744
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Europe / France
History / Europe / General
History / Europe / Great Britain
History / Europe / Great Britain / General
Literary Criticism / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
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