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Microloans and Micronarratives: Sentiment for a Small World

Black, Shameem


This essay evaluates the contribution that sentimentality might make to cosmopolitan practices in contemporary life. In particular, it considers how the legacy of feminized sentimental fiction informs twenty-first-century rhetoric on the Internet. The essay examines how the person-to-person microlending Web site Kiva fosters attachments with distant others through the illusion of intimacy that reshapes the global into an emotionally manageable size. This sentimental promise of a small world is...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Public Culture
DOI: 10.1215/08992363-2008-029


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