W&C: AU BONHEUR DES DAMES THE RISE OF A PARISIAN DEPARTMENT STORE (Jan)

W&C: SERGE GAINSBOURG POET AND AGENT PROVOCATEUR (Jan)
December 25, 2018

W&C: AU BONHEUR DES DAMES THE RISE OF A PARISIAN DEPARTMENT STORE (Jan)

 AU BONHEUR DES DAMES
THE RISE OF A PARISIAN DEPARTMENT STORE


Please REGISTER AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE by calling The French Class at (415) 362-3666

Presented in French by Renée Morel
Best for Levels 6 to 8
$25

The same conference is offered three times at The French Class:

Monday, January 28th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 31st from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 2nd from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Let’s go shopping! As illustrated by Zola’s fictitious Au Bonheur des Dames (1883), the birth of department stores created a retail revolution nearly as important as the Industrial Revolution that fostered it. In Paris, the fabled Grands Magasins Dufayel (18e arrondissement) offered fixed prices and allowed exchanges and refunds, and a much wider variety of merchandise like other department stores, but, because it catered to the middle-class and even workers by being its own bank and offering payment on credit, it quickly became the biggest in the capital if not in the world.

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