Friday, March 23, 2012

Ephemera


The Ephemeral History of Perfume: Scent and Sense in Early Modern England by Holly Dugan (Johns Hopkins, 2011) has the most beautiful index I've ever seen. Witness these excerpts:

body: and deodorization, 5; and disability theory, 10, 183; environmental influence on, 15-16, 17, 18, 48, 69, 86-87, 94, 97, 102, 103, 110, 171, 178-79, 180, 184, 185, 188; and excrement, 24, 25, 100-101, 105, 107, 186; feminist approaches to, 5, 8, 15, 119, 177-79, 183; history of, 2, 7-8, 15-16, 183, 185, 239n20; and hygiene, 5, 19, 105, 119, 157, 182-83, 186; materiality of, 1, 8, 19, 182-83, 184, 185, 186; metaphors of, 114-15, 194n35; and physiognomy, 11, 105; and postcolonial theory, 5, 182-183; and post-modern theory, 9, 15, 182-183, 184, 187, 188; and queer theory, 178-80, 204n73; royal, 49, 58, 158, 209n67. See also health 
drama: of conversion, 36-41; Jacobean, 245n93; liturgical, 26, 32; masques, 42-44, 59-60, 122; medieval, 32-41; Restoration, 177, 238n14, 245n93; and the Towneley (Wakefield) cycle, 33-36; and the York cycle, 202n47. See also theater 
gloves: "chicken," 232n59; embroidered, 230n30; as gifts, 132; luxury, 130, 133, 136, 137; renaissance, 127-35; scented, 3, 18, 54, 125, 126, 128, 131, 132, 135, 149-52, 187; and the "Spanish" style, 18, 127-35, 136, 149 
grains of paradise, 27, 38, 204n71 
haberdashers, 146, 148 
pomanders: and disease, 16, 18, 74, 103, 105-110, 111, 112, 113, 119, 138, 150, 224n90, 226n108; and eroticism, 112, 114, 115, 116, 119; and fashion, 226n112; and luxury goods, 138, 146, 151; origins of, 224n88 
Roanoke. See under new world 
roses: as allegories, 41, 51, 114, 173, 207n35; cabbage, 50, 150; damask, 17, 44, 46-47, 63, 68, 150, 156, 158, 172, 173, 237n125; and gardens, 45-46, 62-63, 155, 167, 174; golden, 53-54, 55; and rose absolute, 44; and rose attar, 16, 17, 44, 48-51, 53, 60, 63; and the Rose Theater, 60-63, 65; and rosewater, 43, 74, 187, 205n14; and the Tudor rose, 45-48, 59, 61, 99, 158, 185

4 comments:

  1. This is tangential, but do you know the index to "The Stuffed Owl" (the other Wyndham-Lewis's anthology of bad verse)? See e.g. this entry.

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  2. Oh, this is beautiful! Are you also reading the book, or just mining the rich index?

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    1. It's my intention, yes!, if I can tear myself away from the index to start at the beginning....

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