The Narrative Power of Things: Consumer Culture in Contemporary Austrian Literature (Studies in Modern German and Austrian Literature #12) (Hardcover)

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The Narrative Power of Things: Consumer Culture in Contemporary Austrian Literature (Studies in Modern German and Austrian Literature #12) (Hardcover)

By Robert Vilain (Other), Benedict Schofield (Other), Alexandra Lloyd (Other)

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This is book number 12 in the Studies in Modern German and Austrian Literature series.

In the increasingly globalised consumer culture of the twenty-first century, consumer goods have long become more than mere commodities: they are markers of identity and tools of narration. Advertising, branding and other processes of consumer culture are ubiquitous and charge objects with meaning, impacting the way we perceive them and those who wear, use, showcase or discard them. This close link between consumer culture and the narration of identities - ranging from an individual to a national level - affects the construction of national brands , as can be seen through contemporary writing.

With a focus on post-2000 Austrian literature, this book unveils how a skilful reading of consumer objects - both branded and non-branded - can enrich literary analysis. Introducing the concept of consumer literacy and applying it to Wolf Haas' Das Wetter vor 15 Jahren, Thomas Glavinic's Die Arbeit der Nacht, Arno Geiger's Es geht uns gut and Raphaela Edelbauer's Das fl ssige Land, the study showcases the narrative power of consumer goods and the impact of Austrian literature and its writers on the idyllic national brand that stands in stark contrast to a troubled past.

Rebecca Wismeg-Kammerlander is a Germanist whose work focuses on contemporary Austrian Studies and the intersections between material culture and literature. She holds a PhD in German from King's College London and an MA in German and Philosophy from the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. She is a Visiting Research Fellow at King's College London where she was previously Lecturer in German and European Studies. The Narrative Power of Things is her first monograph.

Product Details ISBN: 9781800797604
ISBN-10: 1800797605
Publisher: Peter Lang Ltd, International Academic Publis
Publication Date: October 23rd, 2023
Pages: 294
Language: English
Series: Studies in Modern German and Austrian Literature