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Daniel Siegel's Charity and Condescension: Victorian Literature and the PDF

By Daniel Siegel

Charity and Condescension explores how condescension, a standard English advantage, went bitter within the 19th century, and considers the ways that the failure of condescension stimulated Victorian efforts to reform philanthropy and to build new narrative versions of social conciliation. within the literary paintings of authors like Dickens, Eliot, and Tennyson, and within the writing of reformers like Octavia Hill and Samuel Barnett, condescension—once an indication of the ability and cost of charity—became a symbol of charity’s limitations.

Charity and Condescension argues that, regardless of its popularity for idealistic self-assurance, Victorian charity usually doubted its personal operations and used to be pushed through inventive self-critique. via subtle and unique shut readings of significant Victorian texts, Siegel indicates how those very important rules constructed at the same time England struggled to house its growing to be underclass and an increasing concept of the state’s accountability to its poor.

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