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Filth: Dirt, Disgust, And Modern Life
By Ryan Johnson (editor) and William A. Cohen (editor)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of Minnesota Pr
Publication date April 30, 2005
Pages 368
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780816642991
ISBN-10 0816642990
Dimensions 1 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 1.28 lbs.
Original list price $69.00
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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their colonial outposts in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the essays in "Filth, all but one previously unpublished, range over topics as diverse as the building of sewers in nineteenth-century European metropolises, the link between interior design and bourgeois sanitary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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from Univ of Minnesota Pr (April 30, 2005)
9780816642991 | details & prices | 368 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.28 lbs | List price $69.00
About: 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.
Paperback
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from Univ of Minnesota Pr (December 21, 2004)
9780816643004 | details & prices | 317 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 1.02 lbs | List price $25.00
About: 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.

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