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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 Thomas Elsaesser

History and pre-history of cinema and moving image culture 1870s-1900s; European cinema since 1945; German cinema; ‘New Hollywood’ of the 1970s, ‘post-classical’ cinema since the 1990s; architecture and urbanism; avant-garde cinema and installation art

Professor Mary Jacobus

British Romanticism, especially Wordsworth; feminist literary theory and criticism; psychoanalysis; visual culture

Professor Juliet Mitchell

Psychoanalytic and interdisciplinary research into gender/sexual difference and sibling/social group relationships using literature to analyse the horizontal axis missing from social theory

Professor Beatriz Sarlo

Argentine culture and literature of the twentieth and twenty-first century; urban and popular culture; intellectual history in Latin America; history of the media; literary criticism and aesthetic ideologies