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Published: 25 December 2018

288 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780198778585

Bookseller Code (06)

Returning the Gift

Modernism and the Thought of Exchange

Rebecca Colesworthy

  • A study of the idea of the gift in Modernist literature that reveals a widespread post-WWI fascination with gifts
  • Provides in-depth readings of both canonical and less studied works by Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys, Gertrude Stein, and H.D.
  • Makes a case for the French sociologist Marcel Mauss's modernism and indispensability to modernist studies
  • A rare focus on modernist representations of money, contracts, and other media of exchange that sheds new light on the notoriously fraught relationship between modernism and the market
  • An innovative comparative approach that thoroughly remaps the relationship between modernism and contemporary developments in other fields