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The Smell of Risk: Environmental Disparities and Olfactory Aesthetics

Hsuan L. Hsu


The Smell of Risk considers the capacities of olfaction as a tool for sensing and staging modernity’s differentiated atmospheres and their associated environmental risks. Focusing on American literature and art from the 1890s to the present, the book considers how smell stages the pathways through which environmental materials enter and interact with bodies in detective fiction, naturalist novels, environmental illness memoirs, environmental justice narratives, and olfactory art. These texts reframe modernization as a regime of differential deodorization that relocates bad air and its associat ... More

Keywords: environmental, olfaction, atmospheres, olfactory art, American literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781479807215
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479807215.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hsuan L. Hsu, author
University of California Davis