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Marianne in the MarketEnvisioning Consumer Society in Fin-de-Siecle France$
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Lisa Tiersten

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520225299

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520225299.001.0001

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Being Bourgeois

Being Bourgeois

The Rise of Aesthetic Individuality

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(p.88) (p.89) Chapter 3 Being Bourgeois
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Marianne in the Market
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Lisa Tiersten

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520225299.003.0004

This chapter examines the rise of aesthetic individuality in Paris, France during the late nineteenth century. It explains that the rise of the market as an aesthetic arena for individual actors reflected the erosion of the corporate society of the Ancien Régime. It contends that in identifying the market as an aesthetic realm, producers of commercial culture were supported by bourgeois elites seeking their own cultural legitimization. It also discusses the social power of aesthetic subjectivity and the cult of aesthetic selfhood.

Keywords:   aesthetic individuality, Paris, France, corporate society, Ancien Régime, market, bourgeois elite, cultural legitimization, aesthetic subjectivity, aesthetic selfhood

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