Talking Shop: The Language of Craft in an Age of Consumption by Peter Betjemann

By Peter Betjemann

Describing every thing from bread and cappuccinos to mass-market furniture, a
language of the "artisanal" saturates our tradition this day. That language, Peter
Betjemann proposes, has a wealthy and specifiable heritage. among 1840 and 1920, the cultural
urge for food for hand-crafted chairs, tables, cupboards, and different fabric odds and ends flowed through
narrative and texts up to via dusty workshops or the actual surfaces of clay, wood,
or steel. Judged by way of vintage axioms approximately labor’s virtue—axioms originating with Plato and
foundational to trendy theories of workmanship—the full of life lifetime of craft as represented in
those texts might sound a secondhand model of a terrific and useful job. But
Talking store celebrates those texts as a cultural phenomenon in their personal. In
the 1st e-book to think about the literary illustration of craft instead of of work in general,
Peter Betjemann asks how 19th and early twentieth-century craftspeople, writers, and
shoppers controlled craft’s conventional attachment to actual gadgets and actions while
additionally celebrating craft in iconic, emblematic, preeminently textual phrases. The sturdy version of
workmanship that used to be created round correlations of craft and narrative, actual method and
illustration, and physique and textual content blurred the bounds among craft and its consumption.
Discussing quite a lot of fabric from fiction and essays to artifacts, the booklet explores how
the period lead the way for the power and the viability of a language of craft in a lot later
decades.

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