1st Edition

Modernism and the Marketplace Literary Culture and Consumer Capitalism in Rhys, Woolf, Stein, and Nella Larsen

By Alissa G. Karl Copyright 2009
    198 Pages
    by Routledge

    198 Pages
    by Routledge

    Though the relationship of modernist writers and artists to mass-marketplaces and popular cultural forms is often understood as one of ambivalence if not antagonism, Modernism and the Marketplace redirects this established line of inquiry, considering the practical and conceptual interfaces between literary practice and dominant economic institutions and ideas.



    Introduction: The Uneven Marketplace of Modernism and Consumer Capitalism

    Chapter One: "Just the sensation of spending, that’s the point:" Jean Rhys’ Marketplaces of Discipline and Desire

    Chapter Two: Consumerism and the Imperial Nation in Virginia Woolf’s The Voyage Out and Mrs. Dalloway

    Chapter Three: The Enterprising Modernisms of Gertrude Stein and Sylvia Beach

    Chapter Four: Consumerism, Race and Rationalization in Nella Larsen’s Quicksand

    Coda: Consumer Capitalism as a Style of Life





    Alissa G. Karl is an Assistant Professor of English at the State University of New York, Brockport, where she teaches and researches transatlantic twentieth century literature. Her work has also appeared in American Literature and The International Journal of Cultural Studies.