Cultural philanthropy, gypsies, and interdisciplinary scholars: dream of a common language
University of Exeter
19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century
Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, Birkbeck, University of London
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.
Reproduced with permission of the publisher.