History | H730 2793 Sem Brit/Brit Imperial History 4:00-6:00P R BH137 Wahrman
H730 | 2793 | Wahrman D


	Topic: cultural history of industrial society
	A portion of the above section reserved for majors

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 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; Donald Reed, Paris Sewers and Sewermen:
Realities and Representations, 1991; Thomas Richards, The Commodity Culture
of Victorian England: Advertising and Spectacle, 1851-1914, 1990; as well as
readings from Karl Marx, Georg Simmel, Walter Benjamin and Edgar Allen Poe.
This is a graduate research seminar, for which students are expected to
write papers based on original analysis of primary sources.