Age of sentiment

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His word "empfindsam" or "sensitive" was a neologism that then became attached to Gotthold Ephraim Lessing and the whole literary period. Emotions are running high in a world where notions of age, gender, privacy, reality and currency are being redefined amidst socio-political polarisation.

Age of sentiment

This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves. We work closely with brands and agencies on product activations and the implementation of future trends. Victorian sentimentalism grappled, creatively and self-critically, with the inherited problems of ethical sentiment and its great achievements are just as sentimentalist in their deeper derivation as the moments of excess. While 18th-century rationalism corresponded itself with the development of the analytic mind as the basis for acquiring truth, sentimentalism hinged upon an intrinsic human capacity to feel and how this leads to truth. Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South, ed. Google Scholar 5. As a result, it is common to observe both philosophical and literary movements simultaneously. In the realm of feeling, the true and the false define each other in a process of constant discrimination; true and false feeling have a dialectical relation. And to successfully tackle this evolution, brands need to understand how a new shared story is being written. As in other Gothic novels, the notion of the sublime is central. Leavis, Fiction and the Reading Public , Dickens was evidence of the sentimental decline accompanying mass readership since the eighteenth century. Google Scholar 4.

The literature focused on weaker members of society, such as orphans and condemned criminals, and allowed readers to identify and sympathize with them. Relation to the Gothic novel[ edit ] Gothic and sentimental novels are considered a form of popular fiction, reaching their height of popularity in the late 18th century.

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Nonetheless, literary texts, and contemporary ways of understanding them, are an especially significant part of the Victorian culture of feeling and in recent years Victorian sentiment has been seen with greater sympathy, and internal discrimination, while the modernist response now seems an overreaction. Google Scholar Copyright information. In popular literature, Empfindsamkeit was a common genre that continued into the 19th Century, and was found in serialised novels in periodicals such as Gartenlaube. Geoffrey Keynes London: Nonesuch, p. Middlemarch, ed. Arising from religiously motivated empathy, it expanded to the other perceptions - for example, sensual love was no longer understood as a destructive passion Vanitas but rather as a basis of social institutions, as it was for Antoine Houdar de la Motte. Philosophically, sentimentalism was often contrasted to rationalism. Sundquist Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. The character of Gerty MacDowell was inspired by the protagonist of The Lamplighter , a nineteenth century best-seller. An important theorist of the movement was Jean Baptiste Dubos. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves. Hill's novel was followed by Hannah Webster Foster's immensely popular The Coquettewhose events were loosely based on the tragic biography of Massachusetts native Elizabeth Whitman, who gave birth to an illegitimate child and died soon after at a roadside tavern.

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Victorian Sentimentality: the Dialectic of Sentiment and Truth of Feeling