The Insatiability of Human Wants: Economics and Aesthetics in Market Society

The Insatiability of Human Wants: Economics and Aesthetics in Market Society

by Regenia Gagnier
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226278549

ISBN-13: 9780226278544

Pub. Date: 12/28/2000

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


Combining cultural history, economics, and literary criticism, Regenia Gagnier's new work traces the parallel development of economic theory and aesthetic theory, offering a shrewd reading of humans as workers and wanters, born of labor and desire. The story told in The Insatiability of Human Wants begins in the 1870s, a key transitional moment in

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Combining cultural history, economics, and literary criticism, Regenia Gagnier's new work traces the parallel development of economic theory and aesthetic theory, offering a shrewd reading of humans as workers and wanters, born of labor and desire. The story told in The Insatiability of Human Wants begins in the 1870s, a key transitional moment in aesthetics and economics, when both disciplines underwent a turn from production to consumption models. In economics, an emphasis on the theory of value and the social relations between land, labor, and capital gave way to more individualistic models of consumerism. Similarly, in aesthetics, theories of artistic production or creativity bowed to models of taste, pleasure, and reception. Using these developments as a point of departure, Gagnier deftly traces the shift in Western thought from models of production to models of consumption.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226278544
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Edition description:
1
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1: On the Insatiability of Human Wants: Economic and Aesthetic "Man"
2: Is Market Society the Fin of History? Market Utopias and Dystopias from Babbage to Schreiner
3: Modernity and Progress toward Individualism in Economics and Aesthetics
4: Production, Reproduction, and Pleasure in Victorian Aesthetics
5: Practical Aesthetics: Rolfe, Wilde, and New Women at the Fin de Siècle
6: Practical Aesthetics II: On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in the 1980s
7: Practical Aesthetics III: Homelessness as an "Aesthetic Issue"
Conclusion
Appendix: Taste, or Sex and Class as Culture
Index

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