Rachel Bowlby

Visiting Research Collaborator

Periods: 18th-20th century

Languages: French, Ancient Greek, Latin

Research Interests: : Novels (in English and French), especially Woolf; consumer culture; Freud.

Starting from an interest in changing cultural stories, Rachel Bowlby has written on various subjects connected with modern life—from shopping to commuting to parenting. She discusses representations ranging from Baudelaire to Woolf, and from Freud to supermarket trade journals. With a background in classics as well as in modern literature, she has also written about how and why Freud drew on ancient tragedy and myth for his twentieth-century theory of subjectivity. She has translated several works by contemporary French philosophers, including Derrida. Her most recent book, which was supported by a Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust, is A Child of One’s Own: Parental Stories (2013). She is currently working on a short book on everyday stories.


A Child of One’s Own: Parental Stories (2013)

Freudian Mythologies: Greek Tragedy and Modern Identities (2007)

Carried Away: The Invention of Modern Shopping (2000)

Feminist Destinations and Further Essays on Virginia Woolf (1997)

Shopping with Freud (1993)

Still Crazy After All These Years: Women, Writing and Psychoanalysis (1992; rpt. 2011)

Just Looking: Consumer Culture in Dreiser, Gissing and Zola (1985; rpt. 2010)


Interview with Rachel Bowlby