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By Adela Pinch

This publication contends that after past due eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century writers sought to provide an explanation for the origins of feelings, they typically chanced on that their emotions would possibly not relatively were their very own. It explores the paradoxes of representing emotions in philosophy, aesthetic thought, gender ideology, literature, and renowned sentimentality, and it argues that this period’s obsession with sentimental, wayward emotion was once inseparable from the dilemmas due to makes an attempt to find the origins of emotions in experience.

The e-book exhibits how those epistemological dilemmas turned gendered via learning a chain of extravagantly affective scenes: Hume’s awesome confession of his personal depression within the Treatise of Human Nature; Charlotte Smith’s insistence that she particularly feels the gloomy emotions portrayed in her Elegiac Sonnets; Wordsworth’s witnessing of a girl poet analyzing and weeping; tearful exchanges among fathers and daughters within the gothic novel; the climactic debate over the strengths of men’s and women’s emotions in Jane Austen’s Persuasion; and the poetic and public mourning of a lifeless princess in 1817.

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