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The Masses are Revolting: Victorian Culture and the Political Aesthetics of Disgust

Zachary Samalin


This book reconstructs a pivotal era in the history of affect and emotion, delving into an archive of nineteenth-century disgust to show how this negative emotional response came to play an outsized, volatile part in the emergence of modern British society. Attending to the emotion's socially productive role, the book highlights concrete scenes of Victorian disgust, from sewer tunnels and courtrooms to operating tables and alleyways. The book focuses on a diverse set of nineteenth-century writers and thinkers whose works reflect on the shifting, unstable meaning of disgust across the period. I ... More

Keywords: affect, emotion, negative emotional response, modern British society, Victorian disgust, British society, obscenity law, urban sociology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501756467
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501756467.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zachary Samalin, author
New York University

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