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

  • Authors
  • Ildiko Csengei

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: Sensibility from the Margins

    1. Ildiko Csengei
      Pages 1-26
  3. Philosophies and Physiologies of Feeling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Ildiko Csengei
      Pages 29-74
    3. Ildiko Csengei
      Pages 75-118
  4. The Literature of Sensibility

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 195-261

About this book


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.


bibliography eighteenth century empire English literature fiction ideology literature philosophy sensibility violence women

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