“And So We Have a New Shop...” A Picture of Modern Consumptionism Birth in Bolesław Prus’ “Lalka” (“The Doll”) Cover Image
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„Mamy tedy nowy sklep...” Obraz narodzin nowoczesnego konsumpcjonizmu w „Lalce” Bolesława Prusa
“And So We Have a New Shop...” A Picture of Modern Consumptionism Birth in Bolesław Prus’ “Lalka” (“The Doll”)

Author(s): Adam Mazurkiewicz
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Bolesław Prus; Bolesław Prus’ “Lalka [The Doll]”; 19th c. consumenst society; daily life mechanisation; Prus' reflection over trade ethics

Summary/Abstract: The picture of consumptionism emerging from Prus’ novel is torn between yearning for past style of commerce and awareness of its inadequacy to the market reality contemporary to the author. “Lalka (The Doll)” understood in this mode may be regarded not only as a metaphor of 19th c. consumerist society, but also as a manifestation of reflection over daily life mechanisation. At the same time, ethical values followed by the novel’s protagonist in his trade were both worthy of regard and necessary in the second half of the 19th c. society; they are tied to a universal ethical project realisable nowadays. Thus, Prus’ reflection over trade ethics may now become an indicator of the trader ethics evolution in the days of “consumerist society” heyday.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 51-70
  • Page Count: 20