By Adela Pinch
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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