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Enjoying Negative Emotions in Fictions

From: Philosophy and Literature
Volume 9, Number 1, April 1985
pp. 95-103 | 10.1353/phl.1985.0118

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An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Western Division of the American Philosophical Association in 1984. I am grateful to Susan Feagin, John Deigh, and Paul Teller for their comments on that paper.

1. Aristotle, Poetics, chap. 6.

2. David Hume, "Of Tragedy," in Of the Standard of Taste and Other Essays (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1965).

3. Susan Feagin, "The Pleasures of Tragedy," American Philosophical Quarterly 20 (1983): 95-104.

4. Kendall Walton, "Fearing Fictions," Journal of Philosophy 75 (1978): 5-27. In conversation Walton says that he does not hold what most critics have taken him to hold — that emotions presuppose beliefs — and that he does think that "quasi-fear" (toward fictions) is an emotion, though a different one from fear. See also Colin Radford, "How Can We Be Moved by the Fate of Anna Karenina?" Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supp. Vol. 49 (1975): 81-93.

5. For many of my ideas about control I am indebted to Marcia Eaton's essay "A Strange Kind of Sadness," Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 41 (1982): 51-63.

6. I am grateful to Virginia Warren for these examples.

7. See Ralph Clark, "Fictional Entities: Talking About Them and Having Feelings About Them," Philosophical Studies 38 (1980): 341-50; Peter Lamarque, "How Can We Fear and Pity Fictions?" British Journal of Aesthetics 21 (1981): 291-304; H. O. Mounce, "Art and Real Life," Philosophy 55 (1980): 183-92; David Novitz, "Fiction, Imagination and Emotion," Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 38 (1980): 279-88; and Harold Skulsky, "On Being Moved by Fiction," Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 39 (1980): 5-14. Mike Martin's "Imaginative Emotions," presented at the American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, 1983, also helped me here.

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