Come Buy, Come Buy
Shopping and the Culture of Consumption in Victorian Women's Writing
Publication Year: 2008
Come Buy, Come Buy considers not only literary works, but also a variety of archival sources (shopping guides, women’s fashion magazines, household management guides, newspapers, and advertisements) and cultural practices (department store shopping, shoplifting and kleptomania, domestic economy, and suffragette shopkeeping). This wealth of sources reveals unexpected relationships between consumption, identity, and citizenship, as Lysack traces a genealogy of the woman shopper from dissident domestic spender to aesthetic salonière, from curious shop-gazer to political radical.
Published by: Ohio University Press
Title Page, Copyright
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I would like first to thank Mary Wilson Carpenter, my doctoral advisor at Queen’s University, whose counsel I continue to cherish. I am also grateful to Linda H. Peterson for her advice and unstinting support over the last several years. To Maggie Berg, I express my...
Introduction DANGER, DELIGHT, AND VICTORIAN WOMEN’S SHOPPING
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When Rochester takes Jane Eyre to a silk warehouse in Millcote and insists that she select six boldly colored dresses for her trousseau, his governess proves an unwilling and resistant shopper. Refusing the “brilliant amethyst dye, and a superb pink satin” he would foist upon...
One GOBLIN MARKETS Women Shoppers and the East in London’s West End
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In a Max Beerbohm caricature, a fashionably dressed Dante Gabriel Rossetti implores his plain sister, Christina, to choose something more fetching to wear. The Rossettis are apparently home-shopping in Dante’s studio, surrounded...
Two LADY AUDLEY’S SHOPPING DISORDERS
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The year after Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret (1862) appeared in volume form, Henry Mansel published “Sensation Novels,” a Quarterly Review essay in which he accused sensation writers of...
Three MIDDLEMARCH AND THE EXTRAVAGANT DOMESTIC SPENDER
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As George Eliot prepared to publish the first edition of Middlemarch in 1871, she was also poised to take a gamble. Eliot’s ambitions for the novel extended beyond the scope of its composition, with its nuanced...
Four TO THOSE WHO LOVE THEM BEST The Erotics of Connoisseurship in Michael Field’s Sight and Song
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In his cover design for the first prospectus for The Yellow Book, Aubrey Beardsley depicts the front of the Bodley Head’s shop in Vigo Street, including its large windows stocked neatly with books for sale (fig. 4.1). Standing in the background...
Five VOTES FOR WOMEN AND THE TACTICS OF CONSUMPTION
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With many others she had been ordered to patrol Bond Street, and to watch her opportunity of doing as much damage as she could to the shop-windows. . . . The orders were that the women...
Afterword BECOMING ELIZABETH DALLOWAY
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In the course of this study, a shopping excursion of one kind or another has formed the introduction or conclusion to most of the chapters. These anecdotes have ranged from Jane Eyre’s anxious deliberations in a silk warehouse to....
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Publication Year: 2008