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University of Warwick
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shopping, buy british, material culture, consumers, dress, fashion, eighteenth century, women, nationhood, patriotism, nationalism
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Recent Publications


Dyer, S., Material Lives: Women and Consumption in Britain, 1750-1820 (under review with Bloomsbury).


Edited Collections

Dyer, S., and Wigston Smith, C. (eds.) (2020), Material Literacy in Eighteenth-Century Britain: A Nation of Makers. London: Bloomsbury (forthcoming, under contract).


Journal Articles

Dyer, S. (2019), ‘Barbara Johnson’s Album: Material Literacy and Consumer Practice, 1746-1823’, Journal for Eighteenth Century Studies (accepted for publication 27th August 2018, 9614 words).

Dyer, S. (2018), ‘Masculinities, Wallpaper, and Crafting Domestic Space within the University, 1795-1914’, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, vol.14, no. 2. (5634 words).

Dyer, S. (2016), ‘From Silks to Spices: Changing Processes of Retailing and Consumption in Eighteenth-Century English Towns’, Journal of Urban History, vol. 42, no. 3: 1-7 (4041 words).

Dyer, S. (2014), ‘Shopping and the Senses: Retail, Browsing and Consumption in Eighteenth-Century England’, History Compass, vol. 12, no. 9: 694-703 (4688 words).


Chapters in Edited Collections

Dyer, S. (2020), ‘Shopping and Stitching: The Material Literacy of the Consumer’, in Serena Dyer and Chloe Wigston Smith (eds.), Material Literacy in Eighteenth-Century Britain: A Nation of Makers. London: Bloomsbury (forthcoming, under contract, 6980 words).

Dyer, S. (2020), ‘Comfort in the College: Wallpaper and the Student Room as a Domestic Haven in 19th-Century Cambridge’, in Jon Stobart (ed.), Comfort and the Home in Western Europe, 1700-1900. London: Bloomsbury (forthcoming, under contract, 2015 words).

Dyer, S. (2019), ‘Luxury and Everyday’, in Ilja Van Damme (ed.), A Cultural History of Shopping in the Age of Enlightenment. London: Bloomsbury (forthcoming, under contract, 8412 words).

Dyer, S. (2019), ‘Making the Material Home: Consumption, Craft, and Gender in Domestic Spaces’, in Joachim Eibach and Margareth Lanzinger (eds.), The Domestic Sphere in Europe, 16th to 19th Century. London: Routledge (forthcoming, under contract, 7214 words).

Dyer, S. (2019), ‘”Magnificent as well as Singular”: Hester Thrale’s Polynesian Court Dress of 1781’, in Gerald Egan (ed.), Fashion and Authorship: Literary Production and Cultural Style from the Eighteenth to the Twenty-First Century. London: Palgrave (forthcoming, under contract, 6379 words).

Dyer, S. (2018), ‘Fashioning Consumers: Ackermann’s Repository of Arts and the Cultivation of the Female Consumer’, in J. Batchelor and M. N. Powell (eds.), Women’s Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain: 1690-1820s: The Long Eighteenth Century. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press: 474-487 (7180 words).

Dyer, S. (2018), ‘Training the Child Consumer: Play, Toys, and Learning to Shop in Eighteenth-Century Britain’, in Megan Brandow-Faller (ed.), Childhood by Design: Toys and the Material Culture of Childhood, 1700-present. London: Bloomsbury: 31-45 (5634 words).


Magazine Articles

Dyer, S. (2017), ‘Buying British: Shopping for the Empire’ History Today, vol. 67, no. 6: 58-67.

Dyer, S. (2015), ‘Shopping, Spectacle and the Senses: Fashion Retail in Georgian England’, History Today, vol. 65, no. 3: 10-16.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, England, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century, Early Modern, Modern
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Capitalism, Economic History, Gender, Libraries & Archives, Material Culture, Museums, Public History, Urban History, Women