PastScent Bibliography

Below you can find a continuously-updated, multi-disciplinary, multi-lingual, bibliography of academic work on smell and the past. This bibliography will continue to be updated by members of the PastScent. The list is maintained in Zotero from where you can also view and export the bibliography.

This is intended to be an open resource to encourage further work on smell and the past. If you use the bibliography in your work then please consider citing it as follows: William Tullett and PastScent, ‘PastScent Bibliography of Smell History and Heritage’, [accessed dd/mm/yyyy].’

If you have produced an academic publication on smell and the past that is not listed below then please let us know by emailing Dr William Tullett at We will then add it to the list.


Adam Jasper, and Jorge Otero-Pailos. 2016. “Editors’ Introduction: Smell and Preservation.” Future Anterior: Journal of Historic Preservation, History, Theory, and Criticism 13 (2): iii.
Aftel, Mandy. 2008. Essence and Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume. Salt Lake City: Gibbs Smith.
Ager, Britta K. 2022. The Scent of Ancient Magic. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Press.
Aggleton, John P., and Louise Waskett. 1999. “The Ability of Odours to Serve as State-Dependent Cues for Real-World Memories: Can Viking Smells Aid the Recall of Viking Experiences?” British Journal of Psychology 90 (1): 1–7.
Ahlers, Lisa, and Annja Müller-Alsbach, eds. 2015. Belle Haleine: The Scent of Art : Interdisciplinary Symposium. Basel: Museum Tinguely.
Ahnfelt, Nils‐Otto, Hjalmar Fors, and Karin Wendin. 2020. “Historical Continuity or Different Sensory Worlds? What We Can Learn about the Sensory Characteristics of Early Modern Pharmaceuticals by Taking Them to a Trained Sensory Panel.” Berichte Zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte 43 (3): 412–29.
Albert, Jean-Pierre. 1990. Odeurs de Sainteté. La Mythologie Chrétienne Des Aromates. Paris: Editions de l’Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales.
Albert, Nicole G. 2009. “Parfums de Femmes : Variations Sur Les Senteurs Dans l’œuvre de Renée Vivien.” In Renée Vivien à Rebours: Édition Pour Un Centenaire, edited by Nicole G. Albert. Homosexualités. Paris: Orizons.
Allen, Kate. 2015. “Stop and Smell the Romans: Odor in Roman Literature.” PhD Thesis, University of Michigan.
Almagor, Uri. 1987. “The Cycle and Stagnation of Smells: Pastoralists-Fishermen Relationships in an East African Society.” Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics 13: 106–21.
Arcangeli, Alessandro. 2012. “The Trouble with Odours in Petrarch’s De Remediis.” In Sense and the Senses in Early Modern Art and Cultural Practice, edited by Alice E Sanger and Siv Tove Kulbrandstad Walker, 19–29. London: Routledge.
Armiero, Marco, and Salvatore De Rosa. 2016. “Political Effluvia: Smells, Revelations, and the Politicization of Daily Experience in Naples, Italy.” In Methodological Challenges in Nature-Culture and Environmental History Research, edited by Jocelyn Thorpe, Stephanie Rutherford, and L. Anders Sanberg, 173–86. London: Routlegde.
Armstrong, Robert G. 2020. “The Smell of Air Pollution: Olfactory Senses and the Odour of Canadian Oil, 1858-1885.” Ontario History 112 (2): 211.
Asprey, Esther. 2021. “‘Pack up Your Blarting’: The Language of the Senses in Black Country Dialect.” In Smell, Memory, and Literature in the Black Country, edited by Sebastian Groes and R. M. Francis, 85–108. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.
Astell, Ann W. 2009. “A Discerning Smell: Olfaction among the Senses in St. Bonaventure’s Long Life of St. Francis.” Franciscan Studies 67 (1): 91–131.
Avery, Emerson. 2013. “A Whiff of Mortality: The Smells of Death in Roman and Byzantine Beth She’an-Scythopolis.” In Making Senses of the Past: Toward a Sensory Archaeology, edited by Jo Day, 266–85. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press.
Babilon, Daniela. 2017. The Power of Smell in American Literature: Odor, Affect, and Social Inequality. Bern: Peter Lang.
Babilon, Daniela. 2015. “‘Blackening’ The Smell of Skin: The Odour of Race in Modernist and Postmodernist Literature.” In Probing the Skin: Cultural Representations of Our Contact Zone, edited by Caroline Rosenthal and Dirk Vanderbeke, 57–72. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Bacci, Francesca, and David Melcher, eds. 2013. Art and the Senses. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Baert, Barbara. 2016. Pneuma and the Visual Medium in the Middle Ages and Early Modernity: Essays on Wind, Ruach, Incarnation, Odour, Stains, Movement, Kairos, Web and Silence. Art & Religion 5. Leuven ; Paris ; Bristol, CT: Peeters.
Baker, Patricia. 2018. “Identifying the Connection between Roman Conceptions of ‘Pure Air’ and Physical and Mental Health in Pompeian Gardens ( c .150 BC–AD 79): A Multi-Sensory Approach to Ancient Medicine.” World Archaeology 50 (3): 404–17.
Baltussen, Han. 2015. “Ancient Philosophers on the Sense of Smell.” In Smell and the Ancient Senses, edited by Mark Bradley, 30–45. The Senses in Antiquity. London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
Banes, Sally. 2007. “Olfactory Performances.” In The Senses in Performance, edited by Sally Banes and André Lepecki, 29–37. London: Routledge.
Barnes, David S. 2006. The Great Stink of Paris and the Nineteenth-Century Struggle against Filth and Germs. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Barnes, David S. 2002. “Scents and Sensibilities: Disgust and the Meanings of Odors in Late Nineteenth-Century Paris.” Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques 28: 21–49.
Barnes, David S. 2005. “Confronting Sensory Crisis in the Great Stinks of London and Paris.” In Filth: Dirt, Disgust, and Modern Life, edited by William A. Cohen and Ryan Johnson. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
Barré, Sandra. 2021. L’odeur de l’art: Panorama de l’art olfactif. Bruxelles: La Lettre volée.
Barria Bignotti, Cristóbal F. 2022. “Mestizaje , Transculturation, Anthropophagy, and the Lower Senses.” The Senses and Society, July, 1–12.
Bartle, Keith D., and Peter Myers. 2002. “History of Gas Chromatography.” TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry 21 (9–10): 547–57.
Bartosiewicz, László. 2003. “There’s Something Rotten in the State…’: Bad Smells in Antiquity.” European Journal of Archaeology 6 (2): 175–95.
Barwich, Ann Sophie. 2020. Smellosophy: What the Nose Tells the Mind. London: Harvard University Press.
Barwich, Ann‐Sophie, and Matthew Rodriguez. 2020. “Fashion Fades, Chanel No. 5 Remains: Epistemology between Style and Technology.” Berichte Zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte 43 (3): 367–84.
Batty, Clare. 2010. “Olfactory Experience I: The Content of Olfactory Experience: Olfactory Experience I.” Philosophy Compass 5 (12): 1137–46.
Batty, Clare. 2010. “Olfactory Experience II: Objects and Properties: Olfactory Experience II.” Philosophy Compass 5 (12): 1147–56.
Baum, Jacob M. 2019. Reformation of the Senses: The Paradox of Religious Belief and Practice in Germany. Chicago: Illinois University Press.
Baum, Jacob. 2013. “From Incense to Idolatry: The Reformation of Olfaction in Late Medieval German Ritual.” Sixteenth Century Journal 44 (2): 323–44.
Beata Labuhn. 2016. “Breathing a Moldy Air: Olfactory Experience, Aesthetics, and Ethics in the Writing of Ruskin and Riegl.” Future Anterior: Journal of Historic Preservation, History, Theory, and Criticism 13 (2): 103.
Beck, Robert, Ulrike Krampl, and Emmanuelle Retaillaud-Bajac, eds. 2013. Les Cinq Sens de La Ville Du Moyen Âge à Nos Jours. Villes et Territoires. Tours: Presses Universitaires François-Rabelais.
Bedichek, Roy. 1960. The Sense of Smell. London: Michael Joseph.
Beek, Walter E. A. van. 1992. “The Dirty Smith: Smell as a Social Frontier among the Kapsiki/Higi of North Cameroon and North-Eastern Nigeria.” Africa 62 (1): 38–58.
Beer, Bettina. 2014. “Boholano Olfaction. Odor Terms, Categories and Discourses.” The Senses & Society 9 (2): 151–73.
Beer, Bettina. 2000. “Geruch Und Differenz. Körpergeruch Als Kennzeichen Konstruierter, Rassischer’ Grenzen.” Paideuma: Mitteilungen Zur Kulturkunde 46: 207–30.
Begiato, Joanne. 2019. “Selfhood and ‘Nostalgia’: Sensory and Material Memories of the Childhood Home in Late Georgian Britain.” Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 42 (2): 229–46.
Béhar, Henri. 1995. “Pour une problématique des odeurs : des essences pour des Esseintes.” Études françaises 31 (1): 95.
Bembibre, Cecilia. 2022. “Archiving the Intangible: Preserving Smells, Historic Perfumes and Other Ways of Approaching the Scented Past.” In The Smells and Senses of Antiquity in the Modern Imagination, edited by Adeline Grand-Clément and Charlotte Ribeyrol. Imagines - Classical Receptions in the Visual and Performing Arts. New York: Bloomsbury Academic.
Bembibre, Cecilia, and Matija Strlič. 2017. “Smell of Heritage: A Framework for the Identification, Analysis and Archival of Historic Odours.” Heritage Science 5 (1): 2.
Bembibre Jacobo, Cecilia. 2020. “Smell of Heritage.” PhD Thesis, London: University College London.
Ben Mahjouba, Abbès. 2011. “L’expérience olfactive de des Esseintes dans A Rebours de Huysmans. Pour une approche sémiotique.” Actes Sémiotiques, September, 0ko.
Bender, David E. 2010. “Sensing Labor: The Stinking Working-Class after the Cultural Turn.” In Rethinking U.S. Labor History Essays on the Working-Class Experience, 1756-2009, edited by Daniel J. Walkowitz and Donna T. Haverty-Stacke, 243–65. London: Bloomsbury.
Bender, Daniel. 2017. “The Delectable and Dangerous: Durian and the Odors of Empire in Southeast Asia.” Global Food History 3 (2): 111–32.