Modernism and the Rhythms of Sympathy: Vernon Lee, Virginia Woolf, and D.H. Lawrence

Hardcover | June 9, 2013

byKirsty Martin

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How do we feel for others? Must we try to understand other minds? Do we have to respect others' autonomy, or even their individuality? Or might sympathy be fundamentally more intuitive, bodily and troubling? Taking as her focus the work of Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence, and Vernon Lee (the first novelist to use the word "empathy"), Kirsty Martin explores how modernist writers thought about questions of sympathetic response. Attending closely to literary depictions of gesture, movement and rhythm; and toliterary explorations of the bodily and of transcendence; this book argues that central to modernism was an ideal of sympathy that was morally complex, but that was driven by a determination to be true to what it is to feel.Offering new readings of major literary texts, and original research into their historical contexts, Modernism and the Rhythms of Sympathy sets modernist texts alongside recent discussions of emotion and cognition. It offers a fresh reading of literary modernism, and suggests how modernism mightcontinue to unsettle our thinking about feeling today.

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How do we feel for others? Must we try to understand other minds? Do we have to respect others' autonomy, or even their individuality? Or might sympathy be fundamentally more intuitive, bodily and troubling? Taking as her focus the work of Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence, and Vernon Lee (the first novelist to use the word "empathy"), Kir...

Kirsty Martin studied as an undergraduate and postgraduate at the University of Oxford. She held a Junior Research Fellowship at Linacre College, University of Oxford, and a Lectureship at Christ Church, University of Oxford. She is currently Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Exeter.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:230 pagesPublished:June 9, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Vernon Lee's Empathy2. Virginia Woolf and the 'Conditions of Our Love'3. D.H. Lawrence: 'The Way Our Sympathy Flows and Recoils'Conclusion