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From Gift to Commodity
Capitalism and Sacrifice in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction
Hildegard Hoeller

University of New Hampshire Press



Contents

Preface
• Nineteenth-Century American Fiction and the Inevitable, (Im)possible, Maddening Importance of the Gift
• SACRIFICES OF A NATION
• The New Republic and the Aporia of Responsibility: Prudent Economy, Speculation, and (Ir)responsible Sacrifice in Hannah Foster’s
Coquette
• Self-Sacrifice or Preservation: Lydia Maria Child’s Reflections on the Gift in
Hobomok and The American Frugal Housewife
• PANIC FICTIONS
• Panics, Gifts, and Faith in Susan Warner’s
Wide, Wide World
• From Grateful Slave to Greedy Banker: William Wells Brown’s
Clotel and the Circulation of Shinplaster Fiction
• From
Typee to The Confidence-Man: Herman Melville and the (Im)possibility of the Gift
• FADING GIFTS AND RISING PROFITS
• Gifts and Markets: Grotesque Economic Confusions in William Dean Howells’s Portrayal of the “Incorporation of America”
• Enigma and Precision: The Golden Tooth and the Horrors of the End of the Gift in Frank Norris’s
McTeague
• Notes
• Bibliography
• Index

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