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The Resource Eighteenth-century sensibility and the novel : the senses in social context, Ann Jessie Van Sant

Eighteenth-century sensibility and the novel : the senses in social context, Ann Jessie Van Sant

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Eighteenth-century sensibility and the novel : the senses in social context
Title
Eighteenth-century sensibility and the novel
Title remainder
the senses in social context
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Ann Jessie Van Sant
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Language
eng
Summary
"This study of sensibility in the eighteenth-century novel discusses literary representations of suffering and responses to it, in the social and scientific context of the period. The reader of novels shares with some scientific observers the activity of gazing on suffering, leading Ann Van Sant to explore in the broader social context - specifically in the display of repentant prostitutes and the children of the vagrant and criminal poor and in certain scientific experiments - the coincidence between the rhetoric of pathos and scientific presentation. Showing that when sensibility becomes central to an understanding of psychology, it becomes the basis for an experimental approach to character, she argues that Samuel Richardson's method of revealing his heroine's heart in Clarissa is analogous to the enterprise of scientists creating and observing suffering in order to study interior physiological functions." "The book goes on to explore sensibility's location of psychological response in physical structures. Van Sant invokes eighteenth-century debates about the relative status of sight and touch in epistemology and psychology, as a context for discussing the "man of feeling," a spectator who reports on "touching" experiences. Focusing principally on Laurence Stern's A Sentimental Journey, she argues that the man of feeling's experience is located in the body - by definition both feminized and physiological, and therefore inherently parodic." "In a further note on readers of sensibility, she examines the relation between focusing on a physiologically defined moment and the fragmented, intensified episodes of the sentimental narrative."--Jacket
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Van Sant, Ann Jessie
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Cambridge studies in eighteenth-century English literature and thought
Series volume
[14]
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English fiction
  • Literature and society
  • Literature and science
  • Senses and sensation in literature
  • Sentimentalism in literature
  • Emotions in literature
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Eighteenth-century sensibility and the novel : the senses in social context, Ann Jessie Van Sant
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 126-136) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Sympathetic visibility: philanthropic objects as instruments of pathos and demonstration -- Gazing on suffering: the provocation of response -- Revelation of the heart through entrapment and trial: Clarissa's story, Lovelace's plot -- The centrality of touch -- Locating experience in the body: microsensation -- Reading to the moment: a note on sensibility and narrative form
Control code
25632800
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 143 pages
Isbn
9780521402262
Lccn
92005744
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1493844
Label
Eighteenth-century sensibility and the novel : the senses in social context, Ann Jessie Van Sant
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 126-136) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Sympathetic visibility: philanthropic objects as instruments of pathos and demonstration -- Gazing on suffering: the provocation of response -- Revelation of the heart through entrapment and trial: Clarissa's story, Lovelace's plot -- The centrality of touch -- Locating experience in the body: microsensation -- Reading to the moment: a note on sensibility and narrative form
Control code
25632800
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 143 pages
Isbn
9780521402262
Lccn
92005744
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1493844

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