‘A peculiar gift of providence': the power-imbalance caused by gift-giving in Millenium Hall

Author
Snyder, Elisia
Faculty Advisor
Date
2015
Keywords
literary criticism , Millenium Hall , Sarah Scott
Abstract (summary)
Sarah Scott's eighteenth-century novel Millenium Hall canvasses the role of gift-giving in the dynamics heteronormative-domestic, economic, and spiritual relationships. The pharmakon of the gift plays a central role in Scott's understanding of philanthropy, and the construction of her female-inhabited, female-run utopia. This article's principle occupation is to show that all instances of gift-giving in Millenium Hall create power-imbalances between the superior giver and the inferior receiver; however, Sarah Scott's female utopia constructs the most preferable type of subservience.
Publication Information
Snyder, Elisia. "‘A Peculiar Gift of Providence': The Power-Imbalance Caused by Gift-Giving in Millenium Hall." MUSe 2.1 (2015): n. pag. Web. 21 April 2015.
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Item Type
Student Article
Language
English
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