Propriety, Performance and Desire: An Analysis of Consumer Culture in Early Nineteenth Century Britain

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Creator: 

McCready, Samuel

Date: 

2013

Abstract: 

This thesis argues that the development consumer culture in early nineteenth century Britain formed part of a broader conservative response to a series of severe and sustained political, economic, social, intellectual and military upheavals that followed the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. It argues that the early nineteenth century in Britain represents a moment where the demands of expanding productive forces and consumers coalesced with the anxieties caused by successive internal and external crises to produce a marketplace that was at once a source of liberation and excitement for
those wishing to engage in aesthetic pleasure-seeking through consumption, but also heavily intruded upon by a resurgent conservative discourse desiring to restore and maintain socio-economic and cultural stability in the nation.

Subject: 

SOCIAL SCIENCES History - European
LANGUAGE, LITERATURE, AND LINGUISTICS Literature - English

Language: 

English

Publisher: 

Carleton University

Thesis Degree Name: 

Master of Arts: 
M.A.

Thesis Degree Level: 

Master's

Thesis Degree Discipline: 

History

Parent Collection: 

Theses and Dissertations

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