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Consumer ChroniclesCultures of Consumption in Modern French Literature$
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David H. Walker

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846314872

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317156

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Post-war Visions of Paradise: The Dawning of the Consumer Society

Post-war Visions of Paradise: The Dawning of the Consumer Society

(p.225) 13 Post-war Visions of Paradise: The Dawning of the Consumer Society
Consumer Chronicles
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In the nineteenth century, American influence on France was met with strong disapproval. In his 1930 novel Scènes de la vie future, Georges Duhamel depicts the United States as a land that subjects the individual to ‘machinisme’ and puts him at risk of getting swallowed in a mass society. When Pascal Quignard published L'Occupation américaine in 1994, the French continued to deplore American influences on their culture but could not do anything about them. L'Occupation américaine highlights events that precede the advent of the modern consumer society as we know it.

Keywords:   France, consumer society, United States, Scènes de la vie future, Georges Duhamel, Pascal Quignard, L'Occupation américaine

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