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Author Urakova, Alexandra, 1979- author.

Title Dangerous giving in nineteenth-century American literature / Alexandra Urakova
Published Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, [2022]


Description 1 online resource : illustrations
Series American literature readings in the 21st century
American literature readings in the 21st century.
Contents 1 Introduction -- 2 Gifts, Language, Ideology, and the Sentimental -- 3 Sentimental "Potlatch" and the Making of the Nation -- 4 Un-Gendering the Gift Book -- 5 Racial Identity and the Perils of Giving -- 6 The Poison of the Gift, The Race of the Gift -- 7 Pure Tokens and Venomous Bodies -- 8 The Gift/Gifts of Death -- 9 "The Season of Gifts" : Christmas and Melancholia -- 10 Conclusion
Summary This book explores the dark, unruly, and self-destructive side of gift-giving as represented in nineteenth-century literary works by American authors. It asserts the centrality and relevance of gift exchange for modern American literary and intellectual history and reveals the ambiguity of the gift in various social and cultural contexts, including those of race, sex, gender, religion, consumption, and literature. Focusing on authors as diverse as Emerson, Kirkland, Child, Sedgwick, Hawthorne, Poe, Douglass, Stowe, Holmes, Henry James, Twain, Howells, Wilkins Freeman, and O. Henry as well as lesser-known, obscure, and anonymous authors, Dangerous Giving explores ambivalent relations between dangerous gifts, modern ideology of disinterested giving, and sentimental tradition
Notes Includes index
Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed May 5, 2022)
Subject American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism
Gifts in literature.
American literature
Gifts in literature
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9783030932701