Microloans and micronarratives: Sentiment for a small world

Shameem Black*

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    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 both what enables and what haunts a cosmopolitan sense of responsibility to others.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)269-292
    Number of pages24
    JournalPublic Culture
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009


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