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Taste and power : furnishing Modern France

Author: Leora Auslander
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1996.
Series: Studies on the history of society and culture, 24.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Enlivened and enriched by Auslander's experiences as a cabinetmaker, this pathbreaking work demonstrates that in post-Revolutionary France, furniture and consumer goods became newly important means of constituting selves, social class, and, perhaps most significantly, the economy and society of the nation itself. The very style of the goods reflected these preoccupations: nineteenth-century bourgeois style was  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leora Auslander
ISBN: 0520088948 9780520088948
OCLC Number: 31865481
Description: xv, 495 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The courtly stylistic regime: representation and power under absolutism --
Negotiating absolute power: city, crown, and church --
Fathers, masters and kings: mirroring monarchical power --
Revolutionary transformation: the demise of the culture of production and the courtly stylistic regime --
The new politics of the everyday: making class through taste and knowledge --
The separation of aesthetics and productive labor --
The bourgeoisie as consumers: social representation and power in the third republic --
Style in the new commercial world --
After the culture of production: the paradox of labor and citizenship --
Style, the nation, and the market: the paradoxes of representation in a capitalist republic --
Epilogue: toward a mass stylistic regime: the citizen --
consumer.
Series Title: Studies on the history of society and culture, 24.
Responsibility: Leora Auslander.
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This work explores the changing meaning of furniture from the mid-17th to the early-20th century. Analyzing furniture makers, sellers, buyers and arbiters, the book reveals how the aesthetics of  Read more...

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