The Price of Redemption in “Goblin Market”

Jill Rappoport

in Giving Women

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199772605
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919000 | DOI:
The Price of Redemption in “Goblin Market”

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The networks of single women envisioned in Part I take on increasing social and religious power in Anna Jameson’s lecture “Sisters of Charity” (1855) and Christina Rossetti’s poem “Goblin Market” (1859). Their gift practices promise not merely to sustain but also to redeem a “sisterhood” through sacrifice. Recent interpretations of the market economy in Rossetti’s poem actually obscure its multifaceted traditions of exchange. Instead, I argue, the poem owes its sisters’ salvation (and their triumph over the market) to gift strategies that make sense of a noncommercial coin.

Keywords: Rossetti; “Goblin Market”; Maundy Money; Penny; sacrifice; Sister; Anglican Sisterhood; giving; women

Chapter.  7975 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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