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Professor Rachel Bowlby FBA

Literary realism; history and theory of consumer culture; Freud, especially in relation to Greek tragedy and feminist reappraisals; Virginia Woolf; contemporary French philosophy.
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About this Fellow

Rachel Bowlby's work is focussed on two main areas: literary realism, and the history and theory of shopping; these interests have been linked since her first book, Just Looking: Consumer Culture in Dreiser, Gissing and Zola (1985). Other books include Shopping with Freud (1993), Carried Away: The Invention of Modern Shopping (2000) and Everyday Stories (2016). She has also written on changing forms of parenthood (A Child of One's Own, 2013) and on Virginia Woolf (Feminist Destinations, 1998 and 1997). All her work is informed by psychoanalytic and deconstructive thinking (e.g. Still Crazy After All These Years: Women, Writing and Psychoanalysis, 1992). Also, she has translated several books by contemporary French philosophers, including Derrida.

Website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/english/staff/rachel-bowlby

Appointments

Current post

  • Professor of Comparative Literature, University College London

Past Appointments

  • Professor of English, School for Global studies, University of Sussex, 1994 - 1997
  • Fellow and Professor of English, University of Oxford, 1997 - 1999
  • Professor of English, University of York, 1999 - 2004
  • Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature, University College London, University College London, 2004 - 2014
  • Professor of Comparative Literature, Princeton, 2014 - 2016
  • Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature, University College London, University College London, 2004 - 2014
  • , School for Global studies, University of Sussex, 1984 - 1997
  • Professor of Comparative Literature and English, University College London, 2014 - 2017
  • Professor of Comparative Literature, University College London, 2017

Publications

A Child of One's Own: Parental Stories 2013

Just Looking: Consumer Culture in Dreiser, Gissing and Zola 1985, 2009

Shopping with Freud 1993

Still Crazy After All These Years: Women, Writing and Psychoanalysis 1992, 2009

Everyday Stories 2016

Feminist Destinations and Further Essays on Virginia Woolf 1997

Carried Away: The Invention of Modern Shopping 2000

Freudian Mythologies: Greek Tragedy and Modern Identities 2007

Other Modern Languages, Literatures and other Media from 1830 Fellows

Professor Gerald Smith

Russian, Slavonic and Eastern European Languages and Literatures Eastern Europe including Russia Russia

Professor Robin Milner-Gulland

Russia - modern literature (particularly 20th c. poetry); medieval and modern Russian culture, language, history, art and architecture; Byzantine culture; aspects of Sussex archaeology

Professor Terence Eagleton

English Language and Literature Critical and Cultural Theory - English Language and Literature Literature in relation to other Arts Critical and Cultural Theory - Modern Languages Aesthetics Irish Literature in English