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Commodity Culture and Social Class in Dublin 1850-1916
This book examines the history of commodity culture in Dublin between the end of the Famine and the 1916 Rising. When Dublin staged the Irish Industrial Exhibition in 1853, it became the first city in the world to copy the international 'Great Exhibition' at the Crystal Palace in London. In the same year, one of the world's first purpose-built department stores opened on S ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by Irish Academic Press
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Rains' research into the emergence of markets in Dublin is worthwhile for anyone interested in commercial expositions, shop girls, or turn of the last century Dublin life. She contributes much to our understanding of Araby and Eveline, stories from Joyce's Dubliners, that are uniquely tied to the public display of commodities, whether an object or an individual (Eveline as a girl, potentially, for sale--or so the threat may appear to Rains).