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Bellies, bowels and entrails in the eighteenth century$
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Rebecca Anne Barr, Sylvie Kleiman-Lafton, and Sophie Vasset

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526127051

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526127051.001.0001

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‘Words have no smell’: faecal references in eighteenth-century French théâtre de société

‘Words have no smell’: faecal references in eighteenth-century French théâtre de société

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(p.145) 7 ‘Words have no smell’: faecal references in eighteenth-century French théâtre de société
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Bellies, bowels and entrails in the eighteenth century
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Jennifer Ruimi

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526127051.003.0008

During the eighteenth century, society theatre saw the emergence of forms that evaded censorship. Many of these works break with the rules of classical propriety and freely evoke the lower body, both the belly and its excremental waste. These references have a clear carnivalesque dimension, but this chapter argues that they also have wider aesthetic and ideological implications.

Keywords:   Excrements, Purgation, Farce, Burlesque, Drama, politics

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