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Fictions of commodity culture : from the Victorian to the postmodern /
Christoph Lindner.
Aldershot, Hampshire ; Burlington, VT. : Ashgate, c2003.
190 p.
0754634833 (alk. paper)
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Aldershot, Hampshire ; Burlington, VT. : Ashgate, c2003.
0754634833 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [173]-184) and index.
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Christoph Lindner explains how commodity, as a construct of capitalism, created and sustained a culture of its own in the 19th century and how that culture, still with us, has persisted and evolved since then.
Long Description
What is retail therapy? Why is shopping fun? Where does desire end and ideology begin in a world of mass consumption? These are some of the central questions of Fictions of Commodity Culture, a wide-ranging study of consumerism and its literary representation from the Victorian period through to the postmodern era. Cutting across period boundaries, this lively book draws on recent thinking in critical and cultural theory to offer analysis of works by writers as diverse as Elizabeth Gaskell, William Thackeray, Anthony Trollope, Joseph Conrad, and Don DeLillo. From Gaskell's prefiguring of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting to Conrad's foreshadowing of the Sex Pistols story, Fictions of Commodity Culture shows the ways in which cultural production in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries often anticipated the crazy and disorienting consumer world of late capitalism.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Can't Get No Satisfaction: The World of Commoditiesp. 1
Down and Out in Gaskell's Industrial Novelsp. 17
Thackeray's Gourmand: Carnivals of Consumption in Vanity Fairp. 43
Trollope's Material Girl: Gender and Capitalism in The Eustace Diamondsp. 65
Damaged Goods: Decay in Conrad's The Secret Agentp. 93
Shop Till You Drop: Retail Therapy in DeLillo's White Noisep. 137
Postscript: 'Step Right Up'p. 169
Bibliographyp. 173
Indexp. 185
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