Passions, Sympathy and Print Culture

Public Opinion and Emotional Authenticity in Eighteenth-Century Britain

  • Heather Kerr
  • David Lemmings
  • Robert Phiddian

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions book series (Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. The Challenge of the Passions to Eighteenth-Century Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Heather Kerr, David Lemmings, Robert Phiddian
      Pages 3-19
    3. W. Gerrod Parrott
      Pages 20-44
  3. Sympathy, Improvement, and the Formation of Virtual Communities

  4. Performing the Self: Communicating Feelings and Identifying Authentic Humanity

  5. Afterword

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 266-290

About this book


This book explores ways in which passions came to be conceived, performed and authenticated in the eighteenth-century marketplace of print. It considers satire and sympathy in various environments, ranging from popular novels and journalism, through philosophical studies of the Scottish Enlightenment, to last words, aesthetics, and plastic surgery.


passions emotions novels poetry sympathy satire public sphere performance psychology moral sentiments print culture eighteenth-century Britain Adam Smith David Hume John Dennis Daniel Defoe Jonathan Swift Francis Hutcheson Eliza Haywood criticism Defoe emotion Framing Great Britain journalism Print

Editors and affiliations

  • Heather Kerr
    • 1
  • David Lemmings
    • 1
  • Robert Phiddian
    • 2
  1. 1.University of AdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Flinders UniversityAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-56837-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-45541-3
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