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Cultural Philanthropy, Gypsies and Interdisciplinary Scholars: Dream of a Common Language

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Regenia Gagnier

About Regenia
Regenia Gagnier is the Professor of English, Director of Research, and Director of the Centre for Victorian Studies at the University of Exeter. Her specialisms include nineteenth century British culture and society, social theory, world literatures, and interdisciplinary studies. Her most recent books are The Insatiability of Human Wants: Economics and Aesthetics in Market Society (Chicago, 2000) and a special issue (with Angelique Richardson) of Victorian Literature and Culture on "Victorian Boundaries" (2004).
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Although he was a major force in fin-de-siecle cultural philanthropy in both North America and Britain, Charles Godfrey Leland is today known mainly through Occult websites on the Internet. This essay retrieves his research on the gypsies, revealing an unexplored source of Victorian philanthropy, and scrutinizes it from the perspectives of disciplines different from his own, philology: history, demography, ethnic studies, ethics, and politics. The essay is in four parts: I. Victorian Cultural Philanthropy: People Making People, and Some People Making Things II. Gypsy Lorists: The Non-Christian Roots of Philanthropy, III. Philanthropy's Other: The Persecution of the Gypsies, IV. Interdisciplinarity as Collectivity.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/ntn.433
How to Cite: Gagnier, R., (2005). Cultural Philanthropy, Gypsies and Interdisciplinary Scholars: Dream of a Common Language. 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century. (1). DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/ntn.433
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Published on 01 Oct 2005.
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