History | Cultural History of Industrial Society
H680 | 28398 | D. Wahrman

Above class open to graduate students only; a portion reserved for

This course examines industrial capitalism as a hegemonic cultural
system that invades all aspects of daily life.  It maps key
metaphors of industrial society; the market, the chimney, the
street, the parlor, the garden, the bar, the clock, the machine, the
commodity, the empire.  Through both written and visual sources, the
course explores how these metaphors conditioned men’s and women’s
behavior and consciousness, focusing on Western Europe from the 18th
to the 20th centuries.  Typical readings will include Wolfgang
Schivelbusch, Railway Journey: The Industrialization of Time and
Space in the 19th Century, 1986; T. J. Clark, The Painting of Modern
Life, 1984; Judith Walkowitz, City of Dreadful Delight: Narratives
of Sexual Danger in Late-Victorian London, 1992; Thomas Richards,
The Commodity Culture of Victorian England: Advertising and
Spectacle, 1851-1914, 1990; Vanessa Schwartz, Spectacular Realities:
Early Mass Culture in Fin-de-Siècle Paris, Berkeley, 1998; as well
as readings from Walter Benjamin, Edgar Allen Poe and many others.