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Notes: Gender & Consumption

September 6th, 2009 (04:00 pm)

"In addition, as "saleswoman and wares in one," to use Walter Benjamin's phrase, the prostitute inscribed in her body the growing commodification of social and cultural relations in late nineteenth-century Europe. Both literally and metaphorically, she was inseparable from the new public spaces-arcades, cafes, theaters, department stores-of an increasingly urban, consumer-oriented European society"
~ p. 817


 Gender, Consumption, and Commodity Culture Author(s): Mary Louise Roberts
Source: The American Historical Review, Vol. 103, No. 3 (Jun., 1998), pp. 817-844 Published by: American Historical Association Stable URL:

http://www.jstor.org/stable/2650573