Description

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

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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
    Date11/03/22
    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
    URLhttps://audio.buzzsprout.com/7kwqqp0hnva1161s3mzyrv5dk7o3?response-content-disposition=inline&
    PersonsRachele Dini

Keywords

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