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Scholars Day: April 11, 2012

Luxury Breeds Complications

The 1920's produced a new leisure class. Thorstein Veblen in his book entitled The Theory of the Leisure Class, asserts that conspicuous consumption is the way to live one's life. The lifestyle of conspicuous consumption however, leads to terrible results for characters in 1920's literature. This is evidenced in Katherine Brush's short story "Silk Hat" as well as Dorothy Parker's "You Were Perfectly Fine." Their characters try to live within the new leisure class and fail at trying to achieve the status they crave due to their lifestyle choices.

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Presenter: Nicole Funston (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: English
Location: 218 Hartwell
Time: 1:45 pm Session III