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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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Transactions and Value: Gide, L'Immoraliste

Transactions and Value: Gide, L'Immoraliste

(p.69) 4 Transactions and Value: Gide, L'Immoraliste
Consumer Chronicles
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In France, the increasing productive capacity of industry began to raise concerns about whether consumers could absorb the goods produced. This is expressed by Emile Zola in his 1876 novel Son Excellence Eugène Rougon. Jules Méline, the country's first Minister for Agriculture in 1883–1885 and Prime Minister in 1896–1898, wrote a book entitled Le Retour à la terre et la surproduction industrielle (1905) in which he highlights disruptions in relations between producers and consumers. This chapter explores the relationship between transactions and value in André Gide's novel L'Immoraliste. In particular, it analyses other aspects of financial, economic and moral values as they are processed in L'Immoraliste. It also considers the attitudes of the central protagonist, Michel, to ownership in relation to his personal wealth.

Keywords:   France, consumers, producers, Emile Zola, transactions, value, André Gide, L'Immoraliste, ownership, personal wealth

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