Interwar Appliances

  • Rachele Dini

    Press/Media: Press / Media


    What can refrigerators, vacuums, stoves, and other appliances tell us about class, labor, race, and gender in the 1920s and '30s and beyond? Apparently quite a bit, as Rachele Dini discusses in this episode. Rachele is Senior Lecturer in English and American Literature at Roehampton University and the author of Consumerism, Waste and Re-use in Twentieth-century Fiction: Legacies of the Avant-Garde (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) and 'All-Electric' Narratives: Time-Saving Appliances and Domesticity in American Literature, 1945-2020 (Bloomsbury, 2021). Here, she discusses interwar appliances alongside contemporary advertisements and examples from Virginia Woolf, Aldous Huxley, William Carlos Williams, and Gertrude Stein. 

    Period11 Mar 2022

    Media contributions


    Media contributions

    • TitleInterwar Appliances
      Degree of recognitionInternational
      Media name/outletStories from the Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914-1945
      Media typeWeb
      Duration/Length/Size60 minutes
      Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
      DescriptionA one-hour podcast episode about interwar appliances - in literature, culture, advertising, and more - focused on the US but branching out into the UK as well
      Producer/AuthorMichael McCluskey
      PersonsRachele Dini


    • appliances
    • domesticity
    • housework
    • 1910s
    • 1920s
    • 1930s
    • 1940s
    • Second World War
    • Taylorism
    • Fordism
    • efficiency
    • domestic work
    • feminism
    • white supremacy
    • technology
    • history of domestic technology
    • modernist literature
    • modernist architecture
    • modernist design
    • modernist culture
    • Virginia Woolf
    • British modernism
    • US modernism
    • Gertrude Stein
    • Aldous Huxley
    • Brave New World
    • To the Lighthouse
    • Sunbeam Mixmaster
    • sex toys
    • vibrators
    • gender relations
    • gender inequality
    • women's history
    • history of the home
    • kitchen
    • vacuum cleaners
    • refrigerators
    • advertising
    • heteronormativity
    • homosexuality
    • slavery
    • servants
    • servant problem
    • design history
    • consumerism
    • luxury
    • mass production
    • mass market
    • fascism
    • futurity