Sentimentalism, Ethics and the Culture of Feeling

Sentimentalism, Ethics and the Culture of Feeling

by M. Bell




Sentimentalism, Ethics and the Culture of Feeling defends feeling against customary distrust or condescension by showing that the affective turn of the eighteenth-century cult of sentiment, despite its sometimes surreal manifestations, has led to a positive culture of feeling. The very reaction against sentimentalism has taught us to identity sentimentality. Fiction, moreover, remains a principal means not just of discriminating quality of feeling but of appreciating its essentially imaginative nature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780333721100
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 09/25/2000
Edition description: 2000
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

About the Author

MICHAEL BELL is Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick. His recent publications include Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Solitude and Solidarity (1993), and Literature, Modernism and Myth: Belief and Responsibility in the Twentieth Century (1997).

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations Introduction: The Transformations of Sentiment 'Affective Individualism' and the Cult of Sentiment Feeling and/as Fiction: Illusion, Absorption and Emotional Quixotry Friedrich Schiller and the Aestheticising of Sentiment William Wordsworth: The Man of Feeling, Recollected Emotion, and 'the Sentiment of Being' Victorian Sentimentality: The Dialectic of Sentiment and Truth of Feeling Feeling as Illusion: Rousseau to Proust Modernism and the Critique of Sentimentality Henry James and D.H. Lawrence: 'Felt Life' and Truth to Feeling Conclusion: Literature, Criticism and the Culture of Feeling Notes Bibliography Index

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