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Consuming Subjects: British Women and Consumer Culture in the Eighteenth Century

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Overview

Drawing on feminist criticism, cultural studies, and new historicist ideas, Kowaleski-Wallace suveys eighteenth century literary texts, material object, and cultural events to illuminate the ways in which women are both controlled by and empowered through images of consumption.
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Laura Brown
A smart, insightful, and timely account of the centrality of consumption in the eighteenth century, showing in a series of provocative readings of cultural materials how an association with consumption serves to constitute the modern female subject.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231105798
  • Publisher: Perseus (for Columbia University Press)
  • Publication date: 12/19/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Kowaleski-Wallace is Assistant Professor of English at Boston College. She is author of Their Fathers' Daughters: Hannah Moore, Maria Edgeworth, and Patriarchal Complicity, and coeditor, with Patricia Yaeger, of Refiguring the Father: New Feminist Readings of Patriarchy.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
The Tea Table
Tea 19
Sugar 37
China 52
Shopping
Introduction: Commodities 73
Shops and Shoppers 79
Pornography 99
Business
Businesswomen 111
Prostitutes 129
Conclusion 145
Notes 159
Index 181
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