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Consumer rites : the buying and selling of American holidays

Author: Leigh Eric Schmidt
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton Univ. Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 2. print., and 1. pbk. printView all editions and formats
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Offers a reassessment of the 'consumer rites' that social critics have decried. This book discusses how holiday celebrations were almost banished by Puritans and religious reformers but went on to be  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leigh Eric Schmidt
ISBN: 0691017212 9780691017211 0691029806 9780691029801
OCLC Number: 256735309
Credits: Second printing, and first paperback printing, 1997.
Description: XVI, 363 S & ill.
Contents: List of Illustrations Ch. 1Time Is Money Church Festivals and Commercial Fairs: The Peddling of Festivity "Enterprise Holds Carnival, While Poetry Keeps Lent": From Sabbatarian Discipline to Romantic Longing A Commercial Revolution: National Holidays and the Consumer Culture Ch. 2St. Valentine's Day Greeting St. Valentine's Pilgrimage from Christian Martyr to Patron of Love The Handmade and the Ready-Made: Of Puzzle Purses, Chapbooks, and the Valentine Vogue Remaking the Holiday's Rituals: The Marketing of Valentines, 1840-1860 Mock Valentines: A Private Charivari "A Meaner Sort of Merchandize" or "A Pleasure without Alloy"? The New Fashion Contested and Celebrated Expanding Holiday Trade: From Confectioners' Hearts to Hallmark Cards Ch. 3Christmas Bazaar The Rites of the New Year: Revels, Gifts, Resolutions, and Watch Nights The Birth of the Christmas Market, 1820-1900 Shopping towards Bethlehem: Women and the Victorian Christmas Christmas Cathedrals: Wanamaker's and the Consecration of the Marketplace Magi, Miracles, and Macy's: Enchantment and Disenchantment in the Modern Celebration Putting Christ in Christmas and Keeping Him There: The Piety of Protest Ch. 4Easter Parade "In the Beauty of the Lilies": The Art of Church Decoration and the Art of Window Display Piety, Fashion, and a Spring Promenade "A Bewildering Array of Plastic Forms": Easter Knickknacks and Novelties Raining on the Easter Parade: Protest, Subversion, and Disquiet Ch. 5Mother's Day Bouquet Anna Jarvis and the Churches: Sources of a New Celebration Commercial Floriculture and the Moral Economy of Flowers: The Marketing of Mother's Day Pirates, Profiteers and Trespassers: Negotiating the Bounds of Church, Home, and Marketplace The Invention of Father's Day: The Humbug of Modern Ritual Epilogue: April Fools? Trade, Trickery, and Modern Celebration Acknowledgments Notes Index
Responsibility: Leigh Eric Schmidt.
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Honorable Mention for the 1996 Ray and Pat Browne Award for Best Book in Popular Culture "Conceptually sophisticated, wide ranging; [Schmidt] treats Valentine's Day, Easter, and Mother's Day as well Read more...

 
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