Cultures of Consumption in Modern French Literature
David H. Walker
David H. Walker is Professor of French at the University of Sheffield and was formerly President of the Society for French Studies and President of the Association of University Professors of French. His books include 'Outrage and Insight: Modern French Writers and the ‘fait divers’'. Oxford, Berg French Studies, 1995 and a number of critical editions of the work of André Gide.
Acknowledgements Introduction I. WAITING FOR THE CONSUMER SOCIETY 1. 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 SHOPS 5. '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 STORES 8. The Big Sell 9. The 'grand magasin': Zola, 'Au bonheur des dames (2)' 10.'Les Venus des comptoirs' : Feminism and Shopping in the 1920's 11. Total Retail: Figures of the Dystopian Superstore V. ECONOMIES OF COMSUMPTION (2) 12. Speculations on Value VI. REFLECTIONS ON THE CONSUMER SOCIETY 13. Post-wr visions of Paradise: The Dawning of the Consumer Society 14. Managing the Consumers (1): Motivational Analysts 15. Managing the Consumers (2) Advertisers 16. The Consumers Managing 1: Making Do by Instalments 17. The Consumers Managing 2: Making Do and Producing Conclusion: A Good Buy? Bibliography Index
Publication: March 31, 2011
Series: Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 19