Sensibility and Economics in the Novel, 1740–1800

The Price of a Tear

  • Authors
  • Gillian Skinner

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Sensibility and Economics in the Novel argues that the sentimental novel, usually seen as a 'feminine' genre concentrating exclusively on emotional response, is in fact actively involved in contemporary economic and political debates. Spanning the period encompassing the rise, heyday and decline of sentimentalism, the book considers how the trajectory of the movement affected the sentimental novel's use of discourses of economics, sensibility and femininity, and assesses the impact of the pressures of the post-Revolutionary 1790s on these areas.


argue Bernard Mandeville commerce discourse economy edition experience genre history history of literature independence knowledge novel revolution sensibility

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