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- DescriptionTwentieth-century French thinkers such as Marcel Mauss, Georges Bataille, Jean Baudrillard, and Alain Caille (a member of the MAUSS group, an acronym for Mouvement Anti-Utilitariste dans les Sciences Sociales) have launched repeated attacks on ecomism and have proposed the gift as an alternative form of social regulation. In this book, a selection of writings by Stendhal and Balzac is studied to see how gift exchange functions in these authors' representations of France in the early nineteenth century, a period during which money emerged as a universal social mediator. The gift is studied from two main perspectives: true gift as a means of establishing a positive relationship and gift as a facade masking and facilitating commercial transactions.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Doreen Thesen received her Ph.D. in French literature from the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Alberta in 1996. She has taught French at the college and university level for eleven years.
- Author(s)Doreen Thesen
- PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Date of Publication01/11/2000
- Series TitleThe Age of Revolution and Romanticism Interdisciplinary Studies
- Series Part/Volume Number28
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Content Note5 illustrations
- Weight510 g
- Width160 mm
- Height230 mm
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