9781503606807-1503606805-Failures of Feeling: Insensibility and the Novel

Failures of Feeling: Insensibility and the Novel

ISBN-13: 9781503606807
ISBN-10: 1503606805
Edition: 1
Author: Lee, Wendy Anne
Publication date: 2018
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Format: Hardcover 248 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781503606807
ISBN-10: 1503606805
Edition: 1
Author: Lee, Wendy Anne
Publication date: 2018
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Format: Hardcover 248 pages

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Acknowledged authors Lee, Wendy Anne wrote Failures of Feeling: Insensibility and the Novel comprising 248 pages back in 2018. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1503606805 and 9781503606807. Since then Failures of Feeling: Insensibility and the Novel textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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This book recovers the curious history of the "insensible" in the Age of Sensibility. Tracking this figure through the English novel's uneven and messy past, Wendy Anne Lee draws on Enlightenment theories of the passions to place philosophy back into conversation with narrative. Contemporary critical theory often simplifies or disregards earlier accounts of emotions, while eighteenth-century studies has focused on cultural histories of sympathy. In launching a more philosophical inquiry about what emotions are, Failures of Feeling corrects for both of these oversights. Proposing a fresh take on emotions in the history of the novel, its chapters open up literary history's most provocative cases of unfeeling, from the iconic scrivener who would prefer not to and the reviled stock figure of the prude, to the heroic rape survivor, the burnt-out man-of-feeling, and the hard-hearted Jane Austen herself. These pivotal cases of insensibility illustrate a new theory of mind and of the novel predicated on an essential paradox: the very phenomenon that would appear to halt feeling and plot actually compels them. Contrary to the assumption that fictional investment relies on a richness of interior life, Lee shows instead that nothing incites the passions like dispassion.

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