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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

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vi-vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. viii-23
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  1. Part I Sympathy and the Spirit of Capitalism
  1. 1 Sympathy and Spectacle in Dickens's "A Christmas Carol"
  2. pp. 26-46
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  1. 2 Detecting the Beggar: Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry Mayhew, and the Construction of Social Identity 47
  2. pp. 47-73
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  1. Part II Fear of Falling
  1. 3 Under Cover: Sympathy and Ressentiment in Gaskell s Ruth
  2. pp. 76-94
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  1. 4 Isabel's Spectacles: Seeing Value in East Lynne
  2. pp. 95-118
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  1. Part III The Aesthetics of Cultural Identity
  1. 5 Consenting to the Fact: Body, Nation, and Identity in Daniel Deronda
  2. pp. 120-157
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  1. 6 Embodying Culture: Dorian's Wish
  2. pp. 158-179
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 180-184
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781501719974
Related ISBN
9781501719899
MARC Record
OCLC
1031870409
Launched on MUSE
2018-02-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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