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Subscriber Login Email Address. ISBN Sympathy, Sensibility and the Literature of Feeling in the Eighteenth Century asks what makes it possible for self-interest, cruelty and violence to become part of sensibility — a cultural trend of compassion, benevolence and humanitarianism in the eighteenth-century.
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Csengei undertakes to investigate the darker side of sensibility by exploring forms of emotional response, including sympathy, tears, swooning and melancholia through a range of eighteenth-century contexts. The book offers fresh interpretations of core literary texts of sensibility by Sarah Fielding, Laurence Sterne, Oliver Goldsmith, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Henry Mackenzie , works by its most central philosophers Shaftesbury, Francis Hutcheson, David Hume and Adam Smith , medical writings about sympathy, sensibility and irritability Albrecht von Haller, Robert Whytt, La Mettrie , late eighteenth-century critiques of sensibility by Mary Wollstonecraft and Elizabeth Inchbald, along with William Godwin's papers, letters and diary.