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Charity and Condescension: Victorian Literature and the Dilemmas of Philanthropy - Daniel Siegel

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Charity and Condescension explores how condescension, a traditional English virtue, went sour in the nineteenth century, and considers the ways in which the failure of condescension influenced Victorian efforts to reform philanthropy and to construct new narrative models of social conciliation. In the literary work of authors like Dickens, Eliot, and Tennyson, and in the writing of reformers like Octavia Hill and Samuel Barnett, condescension-once a sign of the power and value of charity-became an emblem of charity's limitations. Charity and Condescension argues that, despite its reputation for idealistic self-assurance, Victorian charity frequently doubted its own operations and was driven by creative self-critique. Through sophisticated and original close readings of important Victorian texts, Siegel shows how these important ideas developed even as England struggled to deal with its growing underclass and an expanding notion of the state's responsibility to its poor.

Author: Siegel, Daniel
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Illustration: N
Language: ENG
Title: Charity and Condescension: Victorian Literature and the Dilemmas of Philanthropy
Pages: 00000 (Encrypted EPUB) / 00000 (Encrypted PDF)
On Sale: 2012-04-22
SKU-13/ISBN: 9780821444078
Lib Category: English fiction - 19th century -
Lib Category: Literature and society - England - History -
Category: Literary Criticism : General


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