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  1. S2 Week 1 Lecture: Introduction to Block 3 2 items
    1. Les Trente Glorieuses ou La révolution invisible - Fourastié, Jean c1979

      Book Essential Prelude: deux villages, pp. 9-30, available via Online Resource button.

    2. Fast cars, clean bodies: decolonization and the reordering of French culture - Ross, Kristin, c1995 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Introduction

  2. S2 Week 2: Seminar 3 items
    How was 'the American way of life' presented to French audiences in the context of the Marshall Plan? In what sense can the development of mass consumption in France after World War Two be seen as a process of Americanization? What criticisms were made of the role of the United States in this process by the French left?
    1. La magie des objets, le plan Marshall et l'instauration d'une démocratie de consommateurs - Sheryl Kroen

      Chapter Essential See: Au Nom du Consommateur, chapter 4, pp.80-97. Available via Online Resource Button.

    2. Rejet du Coca-Cola dans les années 50. - YouTube 2016

      Audio-visual document  The original source of this footage is unclear but it offers a useful flavour of Communist opposition to 'coca-colonisation' in the 1950s.

  3. S2 Week 3: Seminar 4 items
    How and to what extent did the expansion of mass consumption after World War Two reshape the norms and practices of domestic life in France? How does Kristin Ross understand the relationship between hygiene and 'modernization'?
    1. Fast cars, clean bodies: decolonization and the reordering of French culture - Ross, Kristin c1995 (electronic resource)

      Book Essential Chapter Two: Hygiene and Modernization

    2. Women and Mass Consumer Society in Postwar France - Rebecca J. Pulju 2011 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended

  4. S2 Week 4 Critiques of Consumer Culture in the 1950s and 1960s: Lecture 1 item
    1. Mythologies - Roland Barthes 1957

      Book Essential A short extract 'Saponides et détergents' will be distributed. This text will be referred to in the lecture.

  5. S2 Week 5: Seminar 1 item
    1. Les petits enfants du siècle - Christiane Rochefort 1988, c1961

      Book Suggested for Student Purchase

  6. S2 Week 6: Seminar 1 item
    1. Le système des objets - Jean Baudrillard c1978

      Book Essential Chapter to be distributed

  7. Further Reading: Block Three 22 items
    1. La société de consommation: ses mythes, ses structures - Jean Baudrillard 1986, c1970

      Book Recommended Premiere partie: la liturgie formelle de l'objet, pp. 15-56, available via Online Resource button.

    2. La France de l'expansion: 2: L'apogée Pompidou, 1969-1974 - Berstein, Serge, Rioux, Jean-Pierre 1995

      Book Essential

    3. French primitivism and the ends of empire, 1945--1975 - Sherman, Daniel J. c2011

      Book Recommended Ch 5 covers similar ground to the article 'Paradis à vendre'

    4. Women and Mass Consumer Society in Postwar France - Rebecca J. Pulju 2011 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended

    5. Le système des objets - Jean Baudrillard c1978

      Book Essential

    6. At Home in Postwar France: modern mass housing and the right to comfort - Nicole C. Rudolph 2015

      Book Recommended

    7. Le système des objets - Jean Baudrillard c1978

      Book Recommended

  8. General 12 items
    Items listed here tend to go across periods and/or countries. Some are edited volumes containing a range of essays and are worth browsing for material on specific topics.
    1. The expert consumer: associations and professionals in consumer society - Chatriot, Alain, Chessel, Marie-Emmanuelle, Hilton, Matthew, Au nom du consommateur (Conference) c2006

      Book Recommended

    2. Histoire de la consommation - Marie-Emmanuelle Chessel 2012

      Book Essential

    3. The sociology of consumption: an introduction - Peter Corrigan 1997

      Book Recommended

    4. The sex of things: gender and consumption in historical perspective - De Grazia, Victoria, Furlough, Ellen c1996

      Book Essential

    5. Consumers against capitalism?: consumer cooperation in Europe, North America, and Japan, 1840-1990 - Furlough, Ellen, Strikwerda, Carl c1999

      Book Further

    6. The Consumer Society Reader - Martyn J. Lee 2000

      Book Essential

    7. Histoire culturelle de la France: 4: Le temps des masses: le vingtième siècle - Rioux, Jean-Pierre, Sirinelli, Jean-François 1998

      Book Recommended

    8. The Oxford handbook of the history of consumption - Trentmann, Frank 2012

      Book Recommended

    9. The tourist gaze - John Urry 2002

      Book Further

    10. The sociology of consumption: an introduction - Peter Corrigan 1997

      Book 

  9. Week 1: Introduction 1 item
    1. Au Bonheur des dames - Zola, Émile [1999], c1980

      Book Suggested for Student Purchase

  10. Week 2: The Invention of Modern Shopping 2 items
    Consider how the themes outlined in the lecture and in the chapter by Philip Nord are introduced in the first chapter of Au Bonheur des dames.
    1. Au Bonheur des dames - Zola, Émile [1999], c1980

      Book Suggested for Student Purchase

    2. Paris shopkeepers and the politics of resentment - Nord, Philip G.

      Book Essential Ch 2 Grands magasins and small shops. This chapter provides useful context on what was new about the 'grand magasin' and how it transformed shopping in Zola's day. This is a long chapter but the key material for our purposes is in the first twenty pages. It provides useful context for this week's lecture and next week's seminar.

  11. Week 3: Bourgeois culture and spaces of consumption 2 items
    What does Tiersten mean by bourgeois culture and what are the characteristics of this culture? What is her argument about civic versus commercial culture? How were public and private space gendered in the late 19thC according to Tiersten? Read closely the passage in Au Bonheur where Madame Desforges has Mouret and the ladies to tea (pp.97-106). How are questions of commercial culture, gender and space framed in this passage?
    1. Au Bonheur des dames - Zola, Émile [1999], c1980

      Book Suggested for Student Purchase

    2. Marianne in the market: envisioning consumer society in fin-de-siècle France - Lisa Tiersten, Dawson Books c2001 (electronic resource)

      Book Essential Read Chapter 1: Marianne in the Department Store. A key reading that will be useful to frame our discussions over the next three weeks. For this week, note especially the passages on gendered spaces of consumption, public and private etc.

  12. Week 4: Gender and the female consumer 3 items
    You may find it useful this week to review parts of the Tiersten chapter assigned last week. How are the effects of the department store on women represented in Chapters 9 and 14 of Au Bonheur des dames? (See esp pp.279-285, 287-292; 455-9, 481-4.) Find examples of ways in which the themes of consumption and sexuality are interwoven in the selected passages and comment on the implications of this.
    1. Au Bonheur des dames - Zola, Émile [1999], c1980

      Book Suggested for Student Purchase

    2. La Psychologie des foules - Gustave Le Bon 1905 (1st ed. 1895)

      Book Recommended

  13. Week 5 Gender, bourgeois culture and 'les classes populaires' 2 items
    How are working-class characters, especially 'shop girls' portrayed in Zola's novel? (You may find it useful here to compare Albert's discussion of the 'midinette'.) To what extent does Denise embody class and gender-based characteristics? Can we read Denise and Mouret's relationship as a reflection on the relationship between civic and commercial culture in Third Republic France?
    1. Au Bonheur des dames - Zola, Émile [1999], c1980

      Book Suggested for Student Purchase

    2. Les midinettes parisiennes à la Belle Époque : bon goût ou mauvais genre ? - Anaïs Albert

      Article Essential This article focuses on workers in the Paris fashion industry in the early 20th century rather than the grand magasins but offers useful analytical perspectives and an interesting point of comparison with the representation of 'shop girls'.

  14. Further Reading Block One 19 items
    See also resources on Moodle
    1. Cathedrals of Consumption: the European department store, 1850-1939 - Crossick, Geoffrey, Jaumain, Serge c1999

      Book Essential

    2. Les grands bazars : Paris sous la Troisième République - Pierre Giffard 1882

      Book Recommended A non-fiction text about the grands magasins by Giffard, who was a journalist and contemporary of Zola. The text is downloadable from the BNF Gallica website.

    3. Material women, 1750-1950: consuming desires and collecting practices - Goggin, Maureen Daly, Tobin, Beth Fowkes c2009

      Book Further

    4. Modern Women and Parisian Consumer Culture in Impressionist Painting - Iskin, Ruth 2007

      Book Essential

    5. The Bon Marché: bourgeois culture and the department store, 1869-1920 - Miller, Michael Barry, American Council of Learned Societies c1981 (electronic resource)

      Book Essential

    6. Paris shopkeepers and the politics of resentment - Nord, Philip G. 1986

      Book Essential

    7. Spectacular realities: early mass culture in fin-de-siècle Paris - Schwartz, Vanessa R. c1998

      Book Essential

    8. Dream Worlds: Mass Consumption in Late Nineteenth-century France - Williams, Rosalind H. c1982

      Book Essential

    9. "L'ouvrière, mot impie, sordide." - Joan Wallach Scott 1990

      Article Recommended

  15. Week 6 Lecture: Introduction to Block 2 2 items
    1. Histoire de la consommation - Marie-Emmanuelle Chessel 2012

      Book Recommended For a short overview of the history of consumption in the 20thC, see Ch 2.

    2. Paris and the Spirit of 1919: Consumer Struggles, Transnationalism and Revolution - Tyler Stovall 2012 (electronic resource)

      Article Recommended On the First World War as a turning point in the history of consumption, see Introduction and Ch 1 The Consumers' War.

  16. Week 8 The Engaged Consumer 3 items
    To what extent was consumption seen as a political act by the movements discussed in this week’s readings? What were the aims of cooperativism as it developed in France and how far did it offer an alternative to capitalist consumption? What similarities can you identify between early 20thC forms of engaged consumption and forms of ethical consumption that exist today?
    1. Consumers against capitalism?: consumer cooperation in Europe, North America, and Japan, 1840-1990 - Furlough, Ellen, Strikwerda, Carl c1999

      Book Recommended Chapter 5 French Consumer Cooperation 1885-1930

    2. The Fabric of Gender: working-class culture in Third Republic France - Helen Harden Chenut c2005

      Book Recommended Chapters 5 & 7

  17. Week 9 Consuming Place: Tourism and Consumer Culture in Interwar France 3 items
    How were ideas of place and nation being constructed through the development of tourism in the interwar period? How were the links between food, regional identity and national identity transformed through tourism? How were colonised places and peoples packaged for consumption by a metropolitan French audience?
    1. Marketing Michelin: advertising & cultural identity in twentieth-century France - Harp, Stephen L. 2001

      Book Recommended See: Chapter 7, available via Online Resource Button.

  18. Week 10 Mass consumption and Anxieties about Americanisation 2 items
    What new forms of distribution, merchandising and advertising were developing in interwar France? What was new about these? To what extent did these methods come from the USA? Compare and contrast the arguments of Furlough and Howard.
  19. Further Reading Block Two 13 items
    1. The Fabric of Gender: Working-class Culture in Third Republic France - Chenut, Helen Harden c2005

      Book Recommended

    2. Consommateurs engagés à la Belle Époque: la Ligue sociale d'acheteurs - Marie-Emmanuelle Chessel, École des hautes études en sciences sociales. Centre de recherches historiques c2012

      Book Further

    3. Scènes de la vie future - Duhamel, Georges c1930

      Book Recommended An extract will be distributed.

    4. When Champagne Became French: Wine and the Making of a National Identity - Kolleen M. Guy 2007

      Book Recommended