The Bathroom the Kitchen and the Aesthetics of Waste


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Between 1890nand 1940, America's cultire of consumption took its modern form: products were mass produced and mass distributed, designed to be purchased and rapidly replaced by a vast buying public. The same period saw the rise of of the modern bathroom and kitchen as newly equipped spaces for administering bodily care.  The bathroom became a laboratory for the management of biological waste, and the kitchen became a site not only for preparing food but for directing household consumption at large. By the phrase proess of elimination, the authors refer to the overlapping patterns of biological digestion, economic consumption, and aesthetic simplification.

pb, 74pp