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

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

by John Mullan
 

This study examines the autobiographical writing of Samuel Richardson, Laurence Sterne, and David Hume, who chronicled the peculiarly intimate relationships between the texts they produced and the social lives they lived. Each relied on a language of feeling to represent social bonds they considered necessary, discovering, through their writing, a sociability

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This study examines the autobiographical writing of Samuel Richardson, Laurence Sterne, and David Hume, who chronicled the peculiarly intimate relationships between the texts they produced and the social lives they lived. Each relied on a language of feeling to represent social bonds they considered necessary, discovering, through their writing, a sociability dependent on the communication of passions and sentiments. This discovery, Mullan argues, played a critical role in the development of the 18th-century fiction now called "sentimental."

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"Mullan's prose is stylish...and his argument compelling...this is a remarkable study of sentimentalism—one in which even the would-be sentimentalist will find much to applaud."—Times Literary Supplement

"Admirable study .... " notes and queries

"Wise and compelling."—ANQ

"Mullan has provided a stimulating study which is not afraid to explore complex themes and be provocative in its judgements."—Times Higher Education Supplement

"Excellent."—John Bayley, The London Review of Books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198122524
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/1990
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.62(d)

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Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

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