History | Cultural History of Industrial Society
H680 | 16990 | Wahrman

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
commodity, the empire.  Through both written and visual sources, the
course explores how these metaphors conditioned menís and womenís
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; Anson
Rabinbach, "The Human Motor," 1992; Thomas Richards, "The Commodity
Culture of Victorian England: Advertising and Spectacle, 1851-1914,"
1990; as well as readings from Walter Benjamin, Edgar Allen Poe and
many others.