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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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The Consumers Managing (2): Making Do and Producing

The Consumers Managing (2): Making Do and Producing

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Consumer Chronicles
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Christiane Rochefort's 1961 novel Les Petits Enfants du siècle (1961) features a heroine who grows up in the 1950s — a period marked by an acute shortage of accommodation. More than just passive recipients of welfare handouts or compliant consumers of manufactured goods, Rochefort's working-class consumers display considerable ingenuity and mastery of benefit entitlements. The novel offers an acerbic critique of consumer society, but does not directly denounce it. Its characters constructively confront the market in consumer goods.

Keywords:   Christiane Rochefort, Les Petits Enfants du siècle, accommodation, consumers, welfare, consumer society, consumer goods

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