Olfactory Fictions: Smell, Culture and Literature in Modernity

The University of Wolverhampton’s Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research and The Memory Network present a public talk by Professor Sebastian Groes from the School of Humanities, 14 November 2018, 5.30-6.30 pm, Wolverhampton Art Museum. All are welcome. To book a place for this free event, click here.

The human nose sticks out through a hole in paper isolated

“We live in a sanitised culture whereby the drive for hygiene – including the masking of smells and the artificial scenting of spaces and bodies – results in a loss of smell awareness.

“This is worrying: our relationship to ourselves, other people and the world depends on our sense of smell. Recent science has shown that there is a strong relationship between olfaction and depression.

“Writer Italo Calvino warned against the loss of smell: ‘the noseless man of the future’ will lose emotions and have a reduced ability to make sense of life altogether. Olfactory Fictions offers literature as a critical perspective on the ways in which our changing sense of smell impacts on human experience and behaviour.”

 

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