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Rae Greiner proposes that sympathy is integral to the form of the classic nineteenth-century realist novel. Following the philosophy of Adam Smith, Greiner argues that sympathy does more than foster emotional identification with others; it is a way of thinking along with them. By abstracting emotions, feelings turn into detached figures of speech that may be shared. Sympathy in this way produces realism; it is the imaginative process through which the real is substantiated. In Sympathetic Realism in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction Greiner shows how this imaginative process of sympathy is written into three novelistic techniques regularly associated with nineteenth-century fiction: metonymy, free indirect discourse, and realist characterization. She explores the work of sentimentalist philosophers David Hume, Adam Smith, and Jeremy Bentham and realist novelists Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Joseph Conrad, and Henry James.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: Thinking of Me Thinking of You: Sympathetic Realism
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. 1. Going Along with Others: Adam Smith and the Realists
  2. pp. 15-49
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  1. 2. The Art of Knowing Your Own Nothingness: Bentham, Austen, and the Realist Case
  2. pp. 50-85
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  1. 3. Dickensian Sympathy: Translation in the Proper Pitch
  2. pp. 86-121
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  1. 4. Not Getting to Know You: Sympathetic Detachment
  2. pp. 122-156
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  1. CODA: Sympathy versus Empathy: The Ends of Sympathy at Century’s End
  2. pp. 157-161
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 163-176
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 177-195
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 197-203
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421407456
Print ISBN
9781421406534
MARC Record
OCLC
822667313
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2012-12-20
Language
English
Open Access
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