Daniel Siegel

Daniel Siegel is an associate professor of English at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is the author of several articles about Victorian literature and culture.

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Charity and Condescension · Victorian Literature and the Dilemmas of Philanthropy
By Daniel Siegel

Charity and Condescension explores how condescension, a traditional English virtue, went sour in the nineteenth century, and considers the ways in which the failure of condescension influenced Victorian efforts to reform philanthropy and to construct new narrative models of social conciliation.

“Redeeming the Mrs. Jellybys of Victorian Fiction as agents of liberation may be a tall order; but Siegel certainly succeeds wonderfully here in demanding, and offering, reconsideration of our own too-simple condescension toward Victorian condescension.”

Victorian Studies