"Those are the real gifts": Fictional representation of philanthropy in Anne Brontë's Agnes Grey and Mary Cholmondeley's Red Pottage
KeywordsVDP::Humaniora: 000::Litteraturvitenskapelige fag: 040::Engelsk litteratur: 043
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AbstractThis thesis addresses the representation of
fictional philanthropy in two Victorian novels by
two women writers; Anne Brontë's Agnes Grey and
Mary Cholmondeley's Red Pottage. Philanthropy and
the notion of the gift are brought together with
gender in the figure of the Lady Bountiful." The
figure is valuable for the novels' didactic
function as well as for their display of social
critique. The novels' emphasis on true values is
inspirational and serves an educational purpose.
The thought that literature should both teach"
and delight" is also addressed in this thesis.