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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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Elevé dans le commerce: Céline, Mort à crédit

Elevé dans le commerce: Céline, Mort à crédit

(p.106) 6 Elevé dans le commerce: Céline, Mort à crédit
Consumer Chronicles
Liverpool University Press

Emile Zola claims in his novel Au bonheur des dames that the presence of department stores in the neighbourhood doomed the small shops. However, this proposition is refuted by the fact that the grand magasin could bring new trade into a neighbourhood. In his 1936 novel Mort à crédit, Louis-Ferdinand Céline depicts the life of the small shopkeepers of Paris. Petit commerçants view customers as enemies, feared and exploited in equal measure. Céline also paints a picture of status-consciousness and awareness of respectable shopping practice and uses characters who are afflicted by the effects of the decay in small business.

Keywords:   Emile Zola, Au bonheur des dames, department stores, Mort à crédit, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, small shops, Paris, customers, shopping, small business

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