Sunday, November 05, 2023

Pg. 99: Xuelei Huang's "Scents of China"

Featured at the Page 99 Test: Scents of China: A Modern History of Smell by Xuelei Huang.

About the book, from the publisher:
In this vivid and highly original reading of recent Chinese history, Xuelei Huang documents the eclectic array of smells that permeated Chinese life from the High Qing through to the Mao period. Utilising interdisciplinary methodology and critically engaging with scholarship in the expanding fields of sensory and smell studies, she shows how this period of tumultuous change in China was experienced through the body and the senses. Drawing on unexplored archival materials, readers are introduced to the 'smellscapes' of China from the eighteenth to mid-twentieth century via perfumes, food, body odours, public health projects, consumerism and cosmetics, travel literature, fiction and political language. This pioneering and evocative study takes the reader on a sensory journey through modern Chinese history, examining the ways in which the experience of scent and modernity have intertwined.
Learn more about Scents of China at the Cambridge University Press website.

The Page 99 Test: Scents of China.

--Marshal Zeringue