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- Scenes of Sympathy: Identity and Representation in Victorian Fiction
- Published by: Cornell University Press
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In Scenes of Sympathy, Audrey Jaffe argues that representations of sympathy in Victorian fiction both reveal and unsettle Victorian ideologies of identity. Situating these representations within the context of Victorian visual culture, and offering new readings of key works by Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Ellen Wood, George Eliot, Oscar Wilde, and Arthur Conan Doyle, Jaffe shows how mid-Victorian spectacles of social difference construct the middle-class self, and how late-Victorian narratives of feeling pave the way for the sympathetic affinities of contemporary identity politics. Perceptive and elegantly written, Scenes of Sympathy is the first detailed examination of the place of sympathy in Victorian fiction and ideology. It will redirect the current critical conversation about sympathy and refocus discussions of late-Victorian fictions of identity.
Table of Contents
- pp. vi-vii
- pp. viii-23
- Part I Sympathy and the Spirit of Capitalism
- Part II Fear of Falling
- Part III The Aesthetics of Cultural Identity
- 6 Embodying Culture: Dorian's Wish
- pp. 158-179
- pp. 180-184