Description - Shopping for Pleasure by Erika Rappaport
In Shopping for Pleasure, Erika Diane Rappaport reconstructs London's Victorian and Edwardian West End as an entertainment and retail center. In this neighborhood of stately homes, royal palaces, and spacious parks and squares, a dramatic transformation unfolded that ultimately changed the meaning of femininity and the lives of women, shaping their experience of modernity, Rappaport illustrates the various forces of the period that encouraged and discouraged women's enjoyment of public life and particularly shows how shopping came to be seen as the quintessential leisure activity for middle- and upper-class women. This book is both a social and cultural history of the West End, but on a broader scale it reveals the essential interplay between the rise of consumer society, the birth of modern femininity, and the making of contemporary London.
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(235mm x 152mm x mm)
Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
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Author Biography - Erika Rappaport
Erika Rappaport is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara.