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Richard Hoggart Lecture: Rachel Bowlby, Goldsmiths, 16 October

The Uses of Shopping: Richard Hoggart Goes to Woolworth’s

Tuesday 16 October, 6.30pm

From The Uses of Literacy all the way to the many autobiographical works of his retirement years, Richard Hoggart wrote about shops and shopping. Quietly resituating the adverse stance of the literary world to all things consumerly, Hoggart, it seems, was never happier than hanging around at the checkout. This lecture will look at the changing shopping experiences that Hoggart describes, and the distinctiveness of this lifelong enthusiasm for a man of his time and places.

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Richard Hoggart Building, RHB 137a
Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW


Rachel Bowlby has written several books on consumer culture including Carried Away (on the history of supermarkets), Shopping with Freud, and, most recently, Talking Walking: Essays in Cultural Criticism. Rachel is a Professor of Comparative Literature at UCL, where she was also, for ten years, Northclife Professor of English.