By James Werner
Investigates the connections among Poe and the nineteenth-century flaneur - or jogging city observer - and the centrality of the flaneur to Poe's literary goals and intimate but ambivalent dating along with his surrounding tradition.
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Its engravings and fashion plates truly “formed the great feature of Godey’s—the embellishments. Do not call them illustrations. They did not illustrate the text; the text illustrated them. ’ The plate was the thing, and especially the fashion plate” (591). As greater attention was paid to the “embellishments,” literary concerns could be, and often were, relegated to secondary status; indeed, the fashion plates were often cut out and hung with pride on the walls in less affluent homes, while the remainder of the magazine (one assumes) was discarded.
Likewise, “[a]s architecture begins to outgrow art in the use of iron construction, so does painting in the panoramas” (149). ” Likewise, he argues, the world exhibitions “are the sites of pilgrimages to the commodity fetish. ‘Europe is on the move to look at merchandise,’ said Taine in 1855” (151). These exhibitions “glorify the exchange value of commodities. They create a framework in which commodities’ intrinsic value is 22 AMERICAN FLANEUR eclipsed” (152). This value does not disappear once the commodity’s seduction is consummated in a purchase; the commodity takes on “connoisseur value” when displayed in the owner’s private interior, which becomes for Benjamin “the retreat of art” (155).
Home cooking”). Overall, the consumer may feel that the producers have concentrated too much on economic questions, such as cost-effectiveness or marketing strategies, at the expense of the consumer’s true benefit. ” The producers may be viewed as greedy and self-interested, manufacturing and distributing an inferior product that is aesthetically unsatisfying, or so shoddy that its ease of use is eclipsed by the need to replace the item frequently. NEITHER IN NOR OUT OF THE MARKET 25 Of course, the complexities hidden within the apparent simplicity of the commodity form are nothing new; Marx himself, in Capital, illustrates the deceptiveness in the commodity’s apparent accessibility: A commodity appears, at first sight, a very trivial thing, and easily understood.
American Flaneur: The Cosmic Physiognomy of Edgar Allan Poe (Studies in Major Literaryauthors, 33) by James Werner