NANO: New American Notes Online publishes Issue 11 on the Gift

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Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Digital Humanities, Humanities, Intellectual History, Literature

Dear Colleagues,


Apologies for cross-posting:



City Tech’s Interdisciplinary Peer-Reviewed Journal NANO: New American Notes Online Explores the Gift in an Age of Austerity



How do gifts move and also stay put? The new issue of NANO: New American Notes Online, an open access City Tech humanities journal, explores this and related questions by considering how gift exchange functions in contemporary consumer culture, the Burning Man festival, Amish domestic life, and literary works from Marianne Moore to Dave Eggers.

Issue 11, “Economies of the Gift in an Age of Austerity,” is the result of a collaboration between guest editors J.P. Craig (Alabama State University) and Jennie Stearns (Georgia Gwinnett College), the article authors, and NANO’s editorial team: Sean Scanlan and Rebecca Devers.


Table of Contents:

Issue 11: Economies of the Gift in an Age of Austerity

Guested Edited by: J.P. Craig and Jennie Stearns

Editors’ Introduction for NANO Special Issue 11: Economies of the Gift in an Age of Austerity


Woolf’s Weighty Gifts: The Measure of Modernist Autonomy

Rebecca Colesworthy, SUNY Albany

Gift Exchange as Communal Resistance in Ernest Gaines’s A Lesson Before Dying

Scott Thomas Gibson, La Universidad San Francisco in Quito, Ecuador

“To fulfill a private obligation”: Marianne Moore, Her Patrons, and the Social Economy of the Gift

Síofra McSherry, Freie Universität Berlin

Are Women Full Citizens? The Abortion Debate, and the “Gifts” of Life and Poverty

Elizabeth Gregory, University of Houston

Consumption in Practice: Gift-Giving as Mutual Aid in Amish Home Sales

Nao Nomura, Saitama University, Japan 

Blazing Grace: The Gifted Culture of Burning Man

Graham St. John, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

The Gift Network: Dave Eggers and the Circulation of Second Editions

Jacquelin O’Dell, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

In Looking “We” Become: Neoliberal Giving and Whole Planet Foundation’s Faces of Poverty

Anushka Peres, University of Arizona


On the Horizon:

Issue 12 on The Force Awakens is ramping up this summer and will be published in the late fall of 2017. And Issue 13 on The Anthropocene is slated for spring 2018.

If readers are interested in proposing a special issue: please contact the editor, Sean Scanlan, at

Contact Info: 

Sean Scanlan

Associate Professor

English Dept. New York City College of Technology - CUNY