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By Alison V. Scott

The effect of any present is heightened whilst apparently to not count on a counter-gift or a gift. in the patronage platforms of early glossy England, the language of altruism, drawing upon Seneca's version of advantages, was once a paradoxical yet pivotal technique of persuasion utilized by literary consumers looking recompense for his or her labors and by means of buyers trying to current themselves as noble givers. "Selfish presents" investigates the connection between gift-exchange practices, excellent cultural types of giving, and literary representations of reward giving on the overdue Elizabethan and early Stuart courts, demonstrating the centrality of gift-theory to the patronage literature and tradition of the days. With a specific specialize in the interaction among gender politics, energy, and giving, the e-book bargains new readings of canonical texts by way of Shakespeare, Jonson, Donne, and Daniel, and combines those with clean paintings on lesser-read texts through canonical and non-canonical writers alike. Alison V. Scott teaches at Macquarie college.

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