"Shopping" in the 19th Century: Representations of Consumer Culture in British Literature and Culture



Zeit/Ort n.V.:

  • Mo 10:15-11:45, Raum KH 0.023

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches

Das Proseminar gehört zu folgenden Modulen:
- BA English and American Studies: Zwischenmodul II (Culture)
- BA English and American Studies: Zwischenmodul II (Literature)
Voraussetzungen für den Besuch:
- Erfolgreicher Abschluss der GOP
- In der Regel: Erfolgreicher Abschluss des Zwischenmoduls I (Thematisches Kombinationsmodul)
Scheinerwerb: Referat + Hausarbeit


According to a 19th-century journalist: "When a woman is really and truly on pleasure bent,[...] she proposes to herself what is euphemistically termed 'a day's shopping'".
In the 19th century British culture changed greatly due to industrialisation, urbanisation and colonisation. In the city centres, such as London, a 'consumer culture' emerged;
'shopping' as a pleasurable experience and an activtiy for women gained attention.
In this seminar we will look at different texts from a wide range of genres, such as literary works, newspaper and magazine articles, 'guide-books' and advertisements.
Our analysis will consider material culture, urban spaces, power structures and representations of gender.
Among the works that will be read in class are texts from Christina Rossetti, Charlotte Bronte and George Gissing.

Please, prepare the reading of George Gissing's |The Odd Women| (1893) before our first session.
Further texts will be announced in the first session.

Empfohlene Literatur

- Gissing, George. |The Odd Women|. Ed. Patricia Ingham. Oxford: OUP, 2008 [1893].