Sentimentalism, Ethics and the Culture of Feeling

Sentimentalism, Ethics and the Culture of Feeling

by M. Bell

Hardcover(2000)

$185.00

Overview

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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