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The literature of pity

Author: David Punter
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, ©2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Pity represents a combination of fear, helplessness and overwhelming agitation. It is a term which suffuses our everyday lives, it is also a dangerous term hovering between approval of sympathy and disapproval of emotional wallowing (as in 'self-pity'). This book traces an entire history of pity, as an emotion and as an element in the arts.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Punter
ISBN: 9780748639496 0748639497 0748691979 9780748691975
OCLC Number: 875133741
Description: vi, 190 pages, [4] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Distinguishing pity --
Pity and terror : the Aristotelian framework --
Pietà --
Shakespeare on pity --
The eighteenth century --
Blake : "pity would be no more" --
Aspects of Victoriana --
Chekhov and Brecht : pity and self-pity --
"War, and the pity of war" : Wilfred Owen, David Jones, Primo Levi --
Reflections on Algernon Blackwood's Gothic --
Pity's cold extremities : Jean Rhys and Stevie Smith --
Reclaiming the savage night --
"Pity the poor immigrant" : pity, diaspora, the colony --
Lyric and pity --
After thought : under the dome.
Responsibility: David Punter.

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