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The Resource The difficult art of giving : patronage, philanthropy, and the American literary market, Francesca Sawaya

The difficult art of giving : patronage, philanthropy, and the American literary market, Francesca Sawaya

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The difficult art of giving : patronage, philanthropy, and the American literary market
Title
The difficult art of giving
Title remainder
patronage, philanthropy, and the American literary market
Statement of responsibility
Francesca Sawaya
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The Difficult Art of Giving rethinks standard economic histories of the literary marketplace. Traditionally, American literary histories maintain that the post-Civil War period marked the transition from a system of elite patronage and genteel amateurism to what is described as the free literary market and an era of self-supporting professionalism. These histories assert that the market helped to democratize literary production and consumption, enabling writers to sustain themselves without the need for private sponsorship. By contrast, Francesca Sawaya demonstrates the continuing importance of patronage and the new significance of corporate-based philanthropy for cultural production in the United States in the postbellum and modern periods. Focusing on Henry James, William Dean Howells, Mark Twain, Charles Chesnutt, and Theodore Dreiser, Sawaya explores the notions of a free market in cultural goods and the autonomy of the author. Building on debates in the history of the emotions, the history and sociology of philanthropy, feminist theory, and the new economic criticism, Sawaya examines these major writers' careers as well as their rich and complex representations of the economic world. Their work, she argues, demonstrates that patronage and corporate-based philanthropy helped construct the putatively free market in literature. The book thereby highlights the social and economic interventions that shape markets, challenging old and contemporary forms of free market fundamentalism. --Provided by publisher
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PU/DLC
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Sawaya, Francesca
Dewey number
810.9/355
Index
index present
LC call number
PS217.A87
LC item number
S28 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Haney Foundation series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Authors and patrons in literature
  • Philanthropists in literature
  • American literature
  • American literature
  • Authors and patrons
  • Authors and patrons
  • Economics and literature
Label
The difficult art of giving : patronage, philanthropy, and the American literary market, Francesca Sawaya
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
American generosity: philanthropy in Henry James -- "Linvin' on my money": the politics of gratitude and ingratitude in Howells -- "The gospel of self": philanthropy and political economy in Mark Twain -- "That friendship of the whites": patronage and philanthropy in Charles Chesnutt -- "Inexplicable tangles of personality": patronage, philanthropy and progressive irony in Theodore Dreiser
Control code
880757766
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
ix, 248 pages
Isbn
9780812246308
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014013295
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)880757766
Label
The difficult art of giving : patronage, philanthropy, and the American literary market, Francesca Sawaya
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
American generosity: philanthropy in Henry James -- "Linvin' on my money": the politics of gratitude and ingratitude in Howells -- "The gospel of self": philanthropy and political economy in Mark Twain -- "That friendship of the whites": patronage and philanthropy in Charles Chesnutt -- "Inexplicable tangles of personality": patronage, philanthropy and progressive irony in Theodore Dreiser
Control code
880757766
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
ix, 248 pages
Isbn
9780812246308
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014013295
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)880757766

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