Italian Women's Experiences with American Consumer Culture, 1945-1975 (häftad)
Häftad (Paperback / softback)
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1st ed. 2020
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
7 Tables, color; 11 Illustrations, color; 4 Illustrations, black and white; XIV, 235 p. 15 illus., 1
210 x 148 x 13 mm
304 g
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1 Paperback / softback
Italian Women's Experiences with American Consumer Culture, 1945-1975 (häftad)

Italian Women's Experiences with American Consumer Culture, 1945-1975

The Italian Mrs. Consumer

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This book analyzes the spread of American female consumer culture to Italy and its influence on Italian women in the postwar and Cold War periods, eras marked by the political, economic, social, and cultural battle between the United States and Soviet Union. Focusing on various aspects of this culture-beauty and hygiene products, refrigerators, and department stores, as well as shopping and magazine models-the book examines the reasons for and the methods of American female consumer culture's arrival in Italy, the democratic, consumer capitalist messages its products sought to "sell" to Italian women, and how Italian women themselves reacted to this new cultural presence in their everyday lives. Did Italian women become the American Mrs. Consumer? As such, the book illustrates how the modern, consuming American woman became a significant figure not only in Italy's postwar recovery and transformation, but also in the international and domestic cultural and social contests for the hearts and minds of Italian women.
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"The argument of this book is well articulated ... . This is an engaging, well-written book, suitable for multiple audiences, from undergraduates to specialists. It addresses an understudied topic in a sophisticated yet accessible way by bringing together both archival and original materials and experiences. ... the claims of the book are solid and compelling, and an important contribution to the study of Italy in the postwar period as well as to women's studies." (Giovanna Parmigiani, Modern Italy, April 8, 2021)

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Jessica L. Harris is currently Visiting Assistant Professor in the History Department of Allegheny College, USA, and will be joining St. John's University as Assistant Professor of History. She is a scholar of Modern Italy, Black Europe, 20th century U.S. and the World, and African American History. Jessica has held fellowships at the University of Toronto, Canada and Oxford University, UK. Her work has appeared in Modern Italy, Imago. Studi di cinema e media, and Carte Italiane.


1. Introduction: Italy and the Arrival of Mrs. ConsumerPart I2. How to Read like Mrs. Consumer: Modernizing and Americanizing the Mondadori Publishing Company's Magazine Division3. How to Shop and Dress like Mrs. Consumer: Rebuilding La Rinascente the American WayPart II4. How to Shop, Store, and Cook Food like Mrs. Consumer: The Refrigerator, Women, and the Italian Home5. How to Be Beautiful like Mrs. Consumer: American Beauty and Italian WomenPart III6. The Catholic and Communist Mrs. Consumer7. Were They Really Mrs. Consumers8. Conclusion