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Sentimentalism, Ethics and the Culture of Feeling

  • Michael Bell

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Introduction

Sentimentalism, Ethics and the Culture of Feeling defends feeling against customary distrust or condescension by showing that the affective turn of the eighteenth-century cult of sentiment, despite its sometimes surreal manifestations, has led to a positive culture of feeling. The very reaction against sentimentalism has taught us to identity sentimentality. Fiction, moreover, remains a principal means not just of discriminating quality of feeling but of appreciating its essentially imaginative nature.

Keywords

critique culture ethics identity

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael Bell
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WarwickCoventryUK

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