Faculty Book: Hildegard Hoeller
From Gift to Commodity: Capitalism and Sacrifice in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction
(University of New Hampshire Press, 2012)
In this rich interdisciplinary study, Hoeller argues that nineteenth-century American culture was driven by and deeply occupied with the tension between gift and market exchange. Rooting her analysis in the period’s fiction, she shows how American novelists from Hannah Foster to Frank Norris grappled with the role of the gift based on trust, social bonds, and faith in an increasingly capitalist culture based on self-interest, market transactions, and economic reason. Placing the notion of sacrifice at the center of her discussion, Hoeller taps into the discourse of modes of exchange, revealing central structures and struggles of American fiction and culture. Hildegard Hoeller (Prof., Staten Island) is on the doctoral faculty in English.
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Submitted on: SEP 28, 2012