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Strange fits of passion : epistemologies of emotion, Hume to Austen

Author: Adela Pinch
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1996.
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This book contends that when late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century writers sought to explain the origins of emotions, they often discovered that their feelings may not really have been their own. It explores the paradoxes of representing feelings in philosophy, aesthetic theory, gender ideology, literature, and popular sentimentality, and it argues that this period's obsession with sentimental, wayward  Read more...
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Named Person: David Hume; Ann Ward Radcliffe; William Wordsworth; Charlotte Smith; Jane Austen; David Hume; Ann Ward Radcliffe; William Wordsworth; Charlotte Turner Smith; Jane Austen; David Hume; Charlotte Smith
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Adela Pinch
ISBN: 0804725489 9780804725484 0804725497 9780804725491 0804736561 9780804736565
OCLC Number: 33983314
Description: viii, 240 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: emotional extravagance and the epistemology of feeling --
The philosopher as a man of feeling: Hume's Book of the passions --
Sentimentality and experience in Charlotte Smith's sonnets --
Female chatter: gender and feeling in Wordsworth's early poetry --
Phantom feelings: emotional occupation in The mysteries of Udolpho --
Lost in a book: Jane Austen's Persuasion --
Coda: Quotation and the circulation of feeling in early nineteenth-century England.
Responsibility: Adela Pinch.
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This book contends that when late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century writers sought to explain the origins of emotions, they often discovered that their feelings may not really have been their own. It explores the paradoxes of representing feelings in philosophy, aesthetic theory, gender ideology, literature, and popular sentimentality, and it argues that this period's obsession with sentimental, wayward emotion was inseparable from the dilemmas resulting from attempts to locate the origins of feelings in experience. The book shows how these epistemological dilemmas became gendered by studying a series of extravagantly affective scenes in works by Hume, Wordsworth, Charlotte Smith, and Jane Austen. Making its argument through a provocative conjunction of texts that range across genres and genders and across the divide between the eighteenth century and Romanticism, Strange fits of passion rediscovers the relationship of empiricism to the culture of sentimentality, and the significance of emotion to Romanticism.

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