Sentiment and Sociability: The Language of Feeling in the Eighteenth Century

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byJohn Mullan

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With the rise of the novel in the mid-eighteenth century came the rise of sentimentalism. While the fondness for sentiment embarrassed later literary critics, it originally legitimized a morally suspect phenomenon: the novel. This book describes that legitimation, yet it looks beyond thenarrowly literary to the lives and expressed philosophies of some of the major writers of the age, showing the language of feeling to be a resource of philosophers like David Hume and Adam Smith, as much as novelists like Richardson and Sterne.

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With the rise of the novel in the mid-eighteenth century came the rise of sentimentalism. While the fondness for sentiment embarrassed later literary critics, it originally legitimized a morally suspect phenomenon: the novel. This book describes that legitimation, yet it looks beyond thenarrowly literary to the lives and expressed phil...

John Mullan is at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198122527

ISBN - 13:9780198122524

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`Mullan's book is an original and important contribution to the history of ideas. It offers brilliant and convincing reinterpretations kof Clarissa adn Tristam Shandy.'The Eighteenth Century