Intertextuality, the Market and Consumer Society in Thackeray’s Novel

Интертекстуалност, тржиште и потрошачко друштво у Текеријевом роману "Вашар таштине"
Intertextuality, the Market and Consumer Society in Thackeray’s Novel "Vanity Fair"

Author(s): Kornelije Kvas
Subject(s): Studies of Literature
Published by: Институт за књижевност и уметност
Keywords: Thackeray;realism;intertextuality;market;class;power;morale;

Summary/Abstract: The paper analyzes the impact of the Victorian Age culture on Thackeray’s novel Vanity Fair. Realistic representation of new social relationships within the fictional world of the novel plausibly reveals the mechanisms of power and domination in the context of the Victorian Age. The Victorian morality as an acceptable cultural model of thinking and comportment, the laws of the market and the logic of the consumer society make up the constitutive parts of this fictional world of Vanity Fair. These intertextual connections reveal how the novel interprets history, social relationships and moral norms. Thackeray shows the commerce’s dependence on high politics and the dependence of an individual on economic changes and events.The aspiration for the possession of money motivates the actions of the novel’s characters. Marriage, as one of the social and economic categories, represents one of the ways to obtain one’s social goals as well as a simultaneous response to the demands of the society. Thackeray’s ironic, parodist, and satirical narration reveals some less noticeable aspects of Victorian culture. Intertextual connections between the novel, history and Victorian society establish a creative dialogue, even with different forms of reality.

  • Issue Year: 46/2014
  • Issue No: 154
  • Page Range: 805-817
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Serbian