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From Gift to Commodity: Capitalism and Sacrifice in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction
by Hildegard Hoeller
University of New Hampshire Press, 2012
Paper: 978-1-61168-310-3 | eISBN: 978-1-61168-311-0 | Cloth: 978-1-61168-307-3
Library of Congress Classification PS374.E4H64 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.0093553

ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY
ABOUT THIS BOOK
In this rich interdisciplinary study, Hildegard Hoeller argues that nineteenth-century American culture was driven by and deeply occupied with the tension between gift and market exchange. Rooting her analysis in the period’s fiction, she shows how American novelists from Hannah Foster to Frank Norris grappled with the role of the gift based on trust, social bonds, and faith in an increasingly capitalist culture based on self-interest, market transactions, and economic reason. Placing the notion of sacrifice at the center of her discussion, Hoeller taps into the poignant discourse of modes of exchange, revealing central tensions of American fiction and culture.
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