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When the Heart is Young by John Godward
All Autoethnographic Essays Autoethnographic Writing Features Volume 1, Issue 2 (2021)

Fragrance Cultures: The Making of a Perfume Historian

“Because I was so immersed in both history, bound in good-smelling leather, no less, and in beautiful and evocative little bottles around me as playthings, I guess it needed no further prompting. It was within my blood before I could think about what I wanted to do with my life!”

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All Autoethnographic Essays Autoethnographic Writing Features Volume 1, Issue 2 (2021)

Fragrance Cultures: The Making of a Perfume Critic, Part 1

“As fragrance, and perfume in particular, has played a major role in the shaping of my writer’s voice, and participation in cultures of fragrance has had a major impact upon my identity, it is impossible to situate myself outside of these cultures. It is because of this privilege of “insider identity” within the global fragrance community and my natural inclination towards narrative research that I turned to autoethnography.”