Consuming Traditions: Modernity, Modernism, and the Commodified Authentic

Consuming Traditions: Modernity, Modernism, and the Commodified Authentic

by Elizabeth Outka

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Consuming Traditions: Modernity, Modernism, and the Commodified Authentic by Elizabeth Outka

In an unprecedented phenomenon that swept across Britain at the turn of the nineteenth century, writers, advertisers, and architects began to create and sell images of an authentic cultural realm paradoxically considered outside the marketplace. Such images were located in nostalgic pictures of an idyllic, pre-industrial past, in supposedly original objects not derived from previous traditions, and in the ideal of a purified aesthetic that might be separated from the mass market. Presenting a lively, unique study of what she terms the "commodified authentic," Elizabeth Outka explores this crucial but overlooked development in the history of modernity with a piercing look at consumer culture and the marketing of authenticity in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Britain.
The book brings together a wide range of cultural sources, from the model towns of Bournville, Port Sunlight, and Letchworth; to the architecture of Edwin Lutyens and Selfridges department store; to work by authors such as Bernard Shaw, E. M. Forster, Henry James, D. H. Lawrence, James Joyce, and Virginia Woolf.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195372694
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 12/12/2008
Series: Modernist Literature and Culture Series
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Outka is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Richmond. She has published essays on modernism and British culture in Modernism/modernity, NOVEL and other publications.

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