Sympathy, Sensibility and the Literature of Feeling in the Eighteenth Century

Hardcover | January 15, 2012

byIldiko Csengei

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What makes it possible for self-interest, cruelty and violence to become part of the benevolent, compassionate ideology of eighteenth-century sensibility? This book explores forms of emotional response, including sympathy, tears, swoons and melancholia through a range of eighteenth-century literary, philosophical and scientific texts.

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What makes it possible for self-interest, cruelty and violence to become part of the benevolent, compassionate ideology of eighteenth-century sensibility? This book explores forms of emotional response, including sympathy, tears, swoons and melancholia through a range of eighteenth-century literary, philosophical and scientific texts.

ILDIKO CSENGEI Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, UKand Fellow and Director of Studies in English at Newnham College, Cambridge, UK. Previously she taught at the University of Southampton, UK,and held an R.A. Butler Research Fellowship at Pembroke College, Cambridge. Her articles on eigh...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.62 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230308449

ISBN - 13:9780230308442

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Sensibility from the Margins
PART I: PHILOSOPHIES AND PHYSIOLOGIES OF FEELING
Philosophies of Sympathy
The Feeling Machine
PART II: THE LITERATURE OF SENSIBILITY
'I Will Not Weep': Tears of Sympathy in Henry Mackenzie's The Man of Feeling
Women and the Negative: The Sentimental Swoon in Eighteenth-Century Fiction
Godwin's Case: Melancholy Mourning in the 'Empire of Feeling'
Bibliography
Index



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"Ildiko Csengei's Sympathy, Sensibility and the Literature of Feeling in the Eighteenth Century . . . addresses the overlap between philosophy, psychology, and medicine . . . Many of the authors covered by Csengei are familiar figures in the canons of sensibility - Shaftesbury, Hume, Smith, Richardson, Mackenzie, Rousseau - but careful yet imaginative readings offer new insights." - Years' Work in English Studies