Collins Living-Learning Center | British Consumer Culture
L320 | 7931 | Guerty

Where did modern consumer society originate? How can a study of the
material things of everyday life help us understand Britain today? We will
address these questions by examining the intersection of consumerism with
the major themes of the eighteenth and nineteenth century such as
imperialism, class relations, nationalism, sexuality and urbanization. In so
doing, this class will examine consumer demand for new types of clothing,
food, art, and home furnishings and the ways that individuals discussed and
classified these items. As such, this course will be heavily reliant on several
disciplines including history, art, architecture, and economics. We will discuss
perceptions of the exotic, the creation of imaginary geographies, debates
about luxury and necessity, the construction of modern gender, and the place
of fashion and design in British society and culture.