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Begehrt und ekelhaft: Ambra in der Frühen Neuzeit


Schober, Sarah-Maria (2019). Begehrt und ekelhaft: Ambra in der Frühen Neuzeit. Historische Anthropologie, 27(1):11-31.

Abstract

Ambergris – a digestive by-product in sperm whales used in early modern perfumery and medicine – was one of the most precious and desired substances in early modern Europe. At the same time, however, it was considered deeply disgusting. This article discusses the multiple layers of the emotional culture of ambergris and its smellscapes. It argues that desire and disgust were not incompatible opposites, but need to be considered together in order to unscramble the enormous success of the commodity and its history. On a more general level, the contribution also reflects on how to fruitfully connect the history of emotions with the history of smells and material culture.

Abstract

Ambergris – a digestive by-product in sperm whales used in early modern perfumery and medicine – was one of the most precious and desired substances in early modern Europe. At the same time, however, it was considered deeply disgusting. This article discusses the multiple layers of the emotional culture of ambergris and its smellscapes. It argues that desire and disgust were not incompatible opposites, but need to be considered together in order to unscramble the enormous success of the commodity and its history. On a more general level, the contribution also reflects on how to fruitfully connect the history of emotions with the history of smells and material culture.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of History
Dewey Decimal Classification:900 History
Language:German
Date:2019
Deposited On:12 Nov 2019 15:03
Last Modified:07 Apr 2020 07:23
Publisher:Böhlau Verlag
ISSN:2194-4032
OA Status:Closed
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