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By Frank Christianson

Through the nineteenth century the U.S. and Britain got here to percentage an monetary profile exceptional of their respective histories. This ebook means that this early excessive capitalism got here to function the floor for a brand new form of cosmopolitanism within the age of literary realism, and argues for the need of a transnational research established upon fiscal relationships of which individuals on either side of the Atlantic have been more and more unsleeping. The nexus of this exploration of economics, aesthetics and ethical philosophy is philanthropy.

Pushing past reductive debates over the benevolent or mercenary traits of commercial period philanthropy, the subsequent questions are addressed: what shape and serve as does philanthropy think in British and American fiction respectively? What are the rhetorical parts of a discourse of philanthropy and within which cultural domain names did it function? How used to be philanthropy practiced and represented in a interval marked through self-interest and rational calculation? the writer explores the connection among philanthropy and literary realism in novels by way of Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, George Eliot, and William Dean Howells, and examines how each one used the determine of philanthropy either to redefine the emotions that expert social identification and to refashion their very own aesthetic practices.

The center of this research comprises comparative sections: the 1st includes chapters on contemporaries Hawthorne and Dickens; the second one comprises chapters on second-generation realists Eliot and Howells with a view to learn the altruistic mind's eye at a culminating aspect within the background of literary realism.

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