This is nowhere more acutely evident than in france where since its beginnings in the nineteenth century the consumer revolution extending market forces into every area of social and private life has been perceived as a challenge to core elements in french culture such as traditional artisan crafts and small businesses serving local . Contemporary french and francophone cultures 19 liverpool liverpool university press 2010 vii 328 pp hb gbp6500 with its timely critical perspective and artful combination of cultural history and literary analysis consumer chronicles makes a major contribution to modern french studies. Consumer chronicles offers scholars and undergraduates alike fresh purchase not only on the development of consumer culture in modern france and on literary and theoretical engagements with it but also on their own practices of critical consumption french studies walkers prose remains clear readable even playful. Liverpool university press is the uks third oldest university press with a distinguished history of publishing exceptional research since 1899 at a time when the world is contemplating the depletion of non renewable natural resources the consumer society is increasingly being called into question this is nowhere more acutely evident than in france where since its beginnings in the . Consumer chronicles rectifies this omission by means of close readings of a series of novels selected for their authentic portrayal of consumer behaviour and analysed in relation to their social cultural and historical contexts
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