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The Question of the Gift
Essays Across Disciplines

Edited By

Mark Osteen

ISBN 9780415869140
Published January 30, 2014 by Routledge
320 Pages

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Book Description

The Question of the Gift is the first collection of new interdisciplinary essays on the gift. Bringing together scholars from a variety of fields, including anthropology, literary criticism, economics, philosophy and classics, it provides new paradigms and poses new questions concerning the theory and practice of gift exchange. In addressing these questions, contributors not only challenge the conventions of their fields, but also combine ideas and methods from both the social sciences and humanities to forge innovative ways of confronting this universal phenomenon.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Questions of the Gift  Mark Osteen  Part I: Redefining Reciprocity  1. A Free Gift Makes No Friends  James Laidlaw  2. Unbalanced Reciprocity: Asymmetrical Gift-Giving and Social Hierarchy in Rural China  Yunxiang Yan  3. Unpacking the Gift: Illiquid Goods and Empathetic Dialogue  Lee Anne Fennell  Part II: Kinship, Generosity and Gratitude: Ethical Foundations  4. The Patriarchal Narratives of Genesis and the Ethos of Gift Exchange  Charles H. Hinnant  5. The Ethics of Generosity and Friendship: Aristotle's Gift to Nietzsche?  Martha Kendral Woodruff  6. Adam Smith and the Debt of Gratitude  Eun Kyung Min  Part III: The Gift and Artistic Commerce  7. Catullus and the Gift of Sentiment in Republican Rome  Jacqui Sadashige  8. Gabriele D'Annunzio: The Art of Squandering  Nicoletta Pireddu  9. Conrad's Guilt-Edged Securities: 'Karain: A Memory' via Simmel and Benjamin  Anthony P. Fothergill  10. Formed by Homages: H. D., Robert Duncan, and the Spirit of the Gift  Stephen Collis  Part IV: Posing New Questions  11. Gift or Commodity?  Mark Osteen  12. The Ghost of the Gift: The Unlikelihood of Economics  Antonio Callari  13. Give the Ghost a Chance! A Comrade's Shadowy Addendum  Jack Amariglio  14. The Pleasures and Pains of the Gift  Andrew Cowell

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Mark Osteen is Professor of English and Director of Film Studies at Loyola College, Baltimore. He is the author of American Magic and Dread: Don DeLillo's Dialogue with Culture (2000), and The Economy of Ulysses: Making Both Ends Meet (1995), the editor of the Viking Critical Edition of Don DeLillo's White Noise, and co-editor, with Martha Woodmansee, of The New Economic Criticism (Routledge, 1999).