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Consumer Chronicles : Cultures of Consumption in Modern French Literature

Author: David H Walker
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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At a time when the world is contemplating the depletion of non-renewable natural resources, the consumer society is increasingly being called into question.

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Consumer Chronicles
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David H Walker
ISBN: 9781846317156 1846317150
OCLC Number: 940066017
Notes: Title from publishers bibliographic system (viewed on 06 Mar 2013).
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Contents: AcknowledgementsIntroductionI. WAITING FOR THE CONSUMER SOCIETY1. Earning, Yearning and Making Do: Huysmans, 'Les Soeurs Vatard'2. 'Flaneurs and Shoppers: Huysmans, 'En menage'3. From Shopping to Schopenhauer: Huysmans, ' A vau- l'eau'II. ECONOMIES OF CONSUMPTION (1)4. Transactions and Value: Gide, 'L'Immoraliste'III. SMALL SHOPS5. 'La lente Agonie du petit commerce? Balzac, 'Grandeur et decadence de Cesar Birotteau' and Zola, 'Au bonheur des dames'6. 'Eleve dans le commerce: Celine, 'Mort a credit'7. The Emprium Strikes Back: Dutourd, 'Au Bon Beurre'IV. BIG STORES8. The Big Sell9. The 'grand magasin': Zola, 'Au bonheur des dames (2)'10.'Les Venus des comptoirs' : Feminism and Shopping in the 1920's11. Total Retail: Figures of the Dystopian SuperstoreV. ECONOMIES OF COMSUMPTION (2)12. Speculations on ValueVI. REFLECTIONS ON THE CONSUMER SOCIETY13. Post-wr visions of Paradise: The Dawning of the Consumer Society14. Managing the Consumers (1): Motivational Analysts15. Managing the Consumers (2) Advertisers16. The Consumers Managing 1: Making Do by Instalments17. The Consumers Managing 2: Making Do and ProducingConclusion: A Good Buy?BibliographyIndex
Responsibility: David H. Walker.

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