[Reading] ➿ Returning the Gift Author Rebecca Colesworthy – Bluevapours.co.uk From debates about reparations to the rise of the welfare state the decades following World War I saw a widespread turn across disciplines to uestions about the nature and role of gifts What is a gift From debates about reparations to the rise of the welfare state the decades following World War I saw a widespread turn across disciplines to uestions about the nature and role of gifts What is a gift What do gifts mean and do Which individuals and institutions have the authority to giveMarshalling wide ranging interdisciplinary research Returning the Gift argues that Returning the ePUB ✓ these uestions centrally shaped literary modernism The book begins by revisiting the locus classicus of twentieth century gift theory the French sociologist Marcel Mauss's essay The Gift The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies His title notwithstanding the gift Mauss envisions is not primitive or pre capitalist but rather a distinctively modern phenomenon Subseuent chapters offer sustained nuanced readings of novels and nonfiction by Virginia Woolf Jean Rhys Gertrude Stein and HD from the s to s underscoring the ways their writing is illuminated by contemporaneous developments in the social sciences economics and politics while also making a case for their uniue contributions to broader debates about gifts Not only do these writers insist that literature is a special kind of gift but they also pose challenges to the gift's feminization in the work of both their Victorian forebears and contemporary male theorists Each of these writers uses tropes and narratives of giving of hospitality sympathy reciprocity charity genius and kinship to imagine egalitarian social possibilities under the conditions of the capitalist present The language of the gift is not as we might expect a mark of hostility to the market so much as a means of giving form to the 'society' in market society of representing everyday experiences of exchange that the myth of the free market works even now to render unthinkable.
- 288 pages
- Returning the Gift
- Rebecca Colesworthy
- 10 February 2015 Rebecca Colesworthy