Being Bourgeois

Lisa Tiersten

in Marianne in the Market

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780520225299
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925656 | DOI:
Being Bourgeois

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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

Chapter.  12178 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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