Alain Corbin (born January 12, 1936, Lonlay-l'Abbaye) is a [1 ] French historian. He is a specialist of the 19th century in France and in microhistory.
Trained in the
Annales School, Corbin's work has moved away from the large-scale collective structures studied by Fernand Braudel towards a history of sensibilities which is closer to Lucien Febvre's history of . mentalités His books have explored the histories of such subjects as male desire and [2 ] prostitution, sensory experience of smell and sound, and the 1870 burning of a young nobleman in a Dordogne village.
Les filles de noce: Misère sexuelle et prostitution au XIXe siècle, 1978
Women for Hire: Prostitution and Sexuality in France after 1850, (published 1996)
Le miasme et la jonquille: L'odorat et l'imaginaire social, XVIIIe-XIXe siècles
The Foul and the Fragrant: Odor and the French Social Imagination (published 1988)
Le territoire du vide: L'occident et le désir du rivage (1750-1840)
Le cloches de la terre: Paysage sonore et culture sensible dans les campagnes au XIXe siècle
Sound and Meaning in the Village Bells, (published 1998)
Le monde retrouvé de Louis-François Pinagot: Sur les traces d'un inconnu (1798-1876)
The Life of an Unknown, (published 2001)
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For a general overview on his work, see S. Godfrey "Alain Corbin : Making Sense of French History »,
French Historical Studies, vol. 25, n° 2, 2002, p. 381-398 See also
Dominique kalifa, "L’expérience, le désir et l’histoire. Alain Corbin ou le tournant culturel silencieux", in “Alain Corbin and the writing of History”, French Politics, Culture & Society, vol. 22, n° 2, 2004, p. 14-25.
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