Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Cultures of Print

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

Authors: Csengei, I.

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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.

About the authors

ILDIKO CSENGEI is aLeverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, UK and 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 eighteenth-century and Romantic literature appeared in Modern Language Review, Romantic Circles Praxis Series and Studies in Romanticism.

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“Ildiko Csengei’s Sympathy, Sensibility and the Literature of Feeling in the Eighteenth Century is a capacious study of a topic that has and will continue to have broad interest for eighteenth-century scholars. … Sympathy, Sensibility and the Literature of Feeling is readable and engaging throughout and is supported both by extensive substantive notes and by a careful bibliography.” (Ann Van Sant, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Vol. 28 (3), Spring, 2016)

"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


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction: Sensibility from the Margins

    Pages 1-26

    Csengei, Ildiko

  • Philosophies of Sympathy

    Pages 29-74

    Csengei, Ildiko

  • The Feeling Machine

    Pages 75-118

    Csengei, Ildiko

  • ‘I Will Not Weep’: Tears of Sympathy in Henry Mackenzie’s

    Pages 121-139

    Csengei, Ildiko

  • Women and the Negative: The Sentimental Swoon in Eighteenth-Century Fiction

    Pages 140-168

    Csengei, Ildiko

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sympathy, Sensibility and the Literature of Feeling in the Eighteenth Century
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Cultures of Print
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-35917-8
DOI
10.1057/9780230359178
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-33904-4
Series ISSN
2634-6516
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 261
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