Talking American Literature at Uppsala: "Dangerous Giving in Nineteenth-Century American Literature"
- Date: –17:00
- Location: Engelska parken Room 16-1044
- Lecturer: Alexandra Urakova (Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS); University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.)
- Organiser: Department of English, Uppsala University
- Contact person: Daniel Kane
Alexandra Urakova will present her new book Dangerous Giving in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022). This book explores the dark, unruly, and self-destructive side of gift-giving as represented in nineteenth-century literary works by American authors. It asserts the centrality and relevance of gift exchange for modern American literary and intellectual history and reveals the ambiguity of the gift in various social and cultural contexts, including those of race, sex, gender, religion, consumption, and literature. Focusing on authors as diverse as Emerson, Kirkland, Child, Sedgwick, Hawthorne, Poe, Douglass, Stowe, Holmes, Henry James, Twain, Howells, Wilkins Freeman, and O. Henry as well as lesser-known, obscure, and anonymous authors, Dangerous Giving explores ambivalent relations between dangerous gifts, modern ideology of disinterested giving, and sentimental tradition.