Journals Higher Education



Published: 26 September 2019

248 Pages


ISBN: 9780198846697

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A Literary History of Sympathy, 1750-1850

Jeanne M. Britton

  • Explores questions about sympathy posed by literature and philosophy between 1750 and 1850
  • Illustrates what happens when fictional characters sympathize with each other and how telling another person's story can forge relationships across differences of nationality, race, and species
  • Reinterprets sympathy's relationships to spectacles of violence after the French Revolution
  • Identifies a version of sympathy that seeks to accommodate rather than affirm human difference
  • Presents the form of the novel as a crucial actor in sympathy's cultural history