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Necessary Luxuries: Books, Literature, and the Culture of Consumption in Germany, 1770-1815

Matt Erlin

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801453045
eISBN:
9780801470431
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453045.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The consumer revolution of the eighteenth century brought new and exotic commodities to Europe from abroad—coffee, tea, spices, and new textiles to name a few. Yet one of the most widely distributed ... More


Introduction: Guilty Pleasures

Matt Erlin

in Necessary Luxuries: Books, Literature, and the Culture of Consumption in Germany, 1770-1815

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801453045
eISBN:
9780801470431
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453045.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This book examines the field of literary production and the culture of consumption in Germany between 1770 and 1815 in relation to luxury and the fine arts. Drawing on recent work done in German and ... More


The Conceptual Landscape of Luxury in Germany

Matt Erlin

in Necessary Luxuries: Books, Literature, and the Culture of Consumption in Germany, 1770-1815

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801453045
eISBN:
9780801470431
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453045.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter provides a conceptual map of luxury in Germany during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It examines the particularities of the German discourse of luxury through a ... More


Karl Philipp Moritz and the System of Needs

Matt Erlin

in Necessary Luxuries: Books, Literature, and the Culture of Consumption in Germany, 1770-1815

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801453045
eISBN:
9780801470431
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453045.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter examines the complexity and equivocation that characterize attempts to untangle the interrelationships among luxury, consumption, the fine arts, and human needs in late ... More


Conclusion: Useful Subjects?

Matt Erlin

in Necessary Luxuries: Books, Literature, and the Culture of Consumption in Germany, 1770-1815

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801453045
eISBN:
9780801470431
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453045.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This conclusion discusses work of art as a very special kind of luxury object, one whose intrinsic structure ensures a particular mode of consumption that neutralizes the potentially harmful effects ... More


High and Low Culture in L 'Emploi du temps

in Signs and Designs: Art and Architecture in the Work of Michel Butor

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853237785
eISBN:
9781846314063
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237785.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter examines the roles and meanings of the prominent buildings and artworks of England in Michel Butor's novel L'Emploi du temps. It analyzes the sources and significance of the Old ... More


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