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.
- Fellow type
- UK Fellow
- Year elected
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.