to dung-encrusted works of art, from toxic landfills to dirty movies,
has become a major presence and a point of volatile contention in
life. This book explores the question of what filth has to do with
what critical role the lost, the rejected, the abject, and the dirty
in social management and identity formation. It suggests the ongoing
of culturally mandated categories of exclusion and repression.
on filth in
cultural materials from London, Paris, and their colonial outposts in
nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the essays in Filth,
but one previously unpublished, range over topics as diverse as the
of sewers in nineteenth-century European metropolises, the link between
interior design and bourgeois sanitary phobias, the fictional
of laboring women and foreigners as polluting, and relations among
disorder, and sexual-racial disharmony.
provides the first sustained
consideration, both theoretical and historical, of a subject whose
to horrify, fascinate, and repel is as old as civilization
Blackadder, Joseph Bristow, Joseph W. Childers, Eileen Cleere, Natalka
Freeland, Pamela K. Gilbert, Christopher Hamlin, William Kupinse,
Lazier, David L. Pike, David Trotter.
William A. Cohen
and Ryan Johnson
of the Past