Giving Women: Alliance and Exchange in Victorian Culture

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Altruism and self-assertiveness went hand in hand for Victorian women. During a period when most lacked property rights and professional opportunities, gift transactions allowed them to enter into economic negotiations of power as volatile and potentially profitable as those within the market systems that so frequently excluded or exploited them. They made presents of holiday books and homemade jams, transformed inheritances into intimate or aggressive bequests, and, in both prose and practice, offered up their own bodies in sacrifice. Far more than selfless acts of charity or sure signs of their suitability for marriage, such gifts radically reconstructed women's personal relationships and public activism in the nineteenth century.

Giving Women examines the literary expression and cultural consequences of English women's giving from the 1820s to the First World War. Attending to the dynamic action and reaction of gift exchange in fiction and poetry by Charlotte Brontë, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Christina Rossetti as well as in literary annuals, Salvation Army periodicals, and political pamphlets, Rappoport demonstrates how female authors and fictional protagonists alike mobilized networks outside of marriage and the market. Through giving, women redefined the primary allegiances of their everyday lives, forged public coalitions, and advanced campaigns for abolition, slum reform, eugenics, and suffrage.

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Jill Rappoport is Associate Professor of English at the University of Kentucky.

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"What Giving Women does best is to provide us with a wealth of detail on the ways in which Victorian women use the models of exchange associated with gift and sacrifice to authorize a range of social, political, and literary interventions."
--Victorian Studies


"Teasing out the implications of women's gift-exchanges in fiction and poetry, and in philanthropy and activism, and even in reading practices, Rappoport's study offers both a pleasingly rich account of middle-class women's culture in the nineteenth-century and a nuanced challenge to the idea that a Victorian woman's generosity was a dangerous capitulation to misogynist gender norms....Because of its broad sweep and because of the depth of detail it has to offer about the Victorian community of women, Giving Women will join Sharon Marcus's Between Women (2007) as one of the most compelling works on Victorian culture and women in the past decade." --Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies


"Giving Women is an important examination of the Victorian ideology of self-sacrifice. Rappoport demonstrates how closely entwined were acts of benevolence and female power. Her fresh readings of canonical authors delineate the ambivalence felt towards saintly women. Chapters on Salvation Army workers, pro-maternity eugenicists and hunger-striking suffragists document the complicated pleasures of personal sacrifice, whether to the needy, the nation or the Cause." --Martha Vicinus, author of Intimate Friends: Women Who Loved Women, 1778-1928


"Beware the humble gift, for as Jill Rappoport cleverly demonstrates, generosity, for the Victorians, was never simply beneficial. Gifts could forge close ties or poison relations; they could bolster female community as well as individual autonomy. An astute analysis of key Victorian notions of sacrifice, community and duty, Rappoport's Giving Women is a very welcome present to the field." --Deborah A. Cohen, author of Household Gods: The British and their Possessions


"Giving Women is scrupulously researched, with abundant use of archival materials, cogently argued, and beautifully written. Its impressive breadth and range will make it essential reading among literary, historical, and feminist scholars of the period." --Mary Jean Corbett, author of Family Likeness: Sex, Marriage, and Incest from Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf


"A fascinating journey through literature and the social landscape of the nineteenth-century world of gift giving in its multifarious forms...Rappoport's ambitious text serves as a new model of scholarship on the rich array of subjects she analyses." --The Latchkey


"Rappoport offers rich rereadings of canonical Victorian authors that contribute to the ongoing reassessment of female agency in the Victorian novel." --Recent Studies in the Nineteenth Century


"Giving Women requires a giving up of preconceptions and a giving in to being tantalized by the world it reconstitutes through fictions, real and literary."--Adrienne Munich, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature


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