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.
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Shameem Black; Microloans and Micronarratives: Sentiment for a Small World. Public Culture 1 May 2009; 21 (2): 269–292. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08992363-2008-029
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