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Scatalogic Rites of All Nations (1891) - John G. Bourke [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Wim Delvoye: Cloaca - Wim Delvoye [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK] [...]

Obscene language or literature, especially that dealing pruriently or humorously with excrement and excretory functions.

Definition

Scatology, or coprology, in medicine, biology and paleontology, refers to the study of feces.

In psychology, a scatology is an obsession with excretion or excrement, or the study of such obsessions.

In literature, "scatological" commonly describes indecent works that make particular reference to excretion or excrement, as well as to infantile toilet humour.

Scatology is not to be confused with eschatology, the study of the end of the world.

In the last five years, many US universities have begun offering degree programs in scatology.--http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scatological

Scatalogic Rites of All Nations (1891) - John G. Bourke

Scatalogic Rites of All Nations (1891) - John G. Bourke [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Book Description
1891. A dissertation upon the employment of excrementitious remedial agents in religion, therapeutics, divination, witchcraft, love-philters, etc. in all parts of the globe. This work is based upon original notes and personal observation, and upon compilation from over one thousand authorities. The subject of Scatalogic or Stercoraceous Rites and Practices, however repellent it may be under some of its aspects, is none the less deserving of the profoundest consideration, if for no other reason that that from the former universal dissemination of such aberrations of the intellect, as well as of the religious impulses of the human race, and their present curtailment or restriction, the progress of humanity upward and onward may best be measured.

Fecal Matters in Early Modern Literature and Art: Studies in Scatology (2004) - Jeff Persels, Russell Ganim

Fecal Matters in Early Modern Literature and Art: Studies in Scatology (2004) - Jeff Persels, Russell Ganim
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Via Dennis Cooper.

Francois Rigolot, Meredith Howland Pyne Professor of French Literature and Chair, Renaissance Studies, Princeton University
"...it successfully bridges an unfortunate gap between literary studies and critical investigations in anthropology, history, sociology and psychology."

Feces, urine, flatus, phlegm, vomitus unlike ourselves, our most educated forebears did not disdain these functions, and, further, they employed scatological references in all manner of works. This collection of essays was provoked by what its editors considered to be a curious lacuna: the relative academic neglect of the copious and ubiquitous scatological rhetoric of Early Modern Europe, here broadly defined as the representation of the process and product of elimination of the body's waste products.

The contributors to this volume examine the many forms and functions of scatology as literary and artistic trope, and reconsider this last taboo in the context of Early Modern European expression. They address unflinchingly both the objective reality of the scatological as part and parcel of material culture inescapably a much larger part, a much heavier parcel then than now and the subjective experience of that reality among contemporaries.

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