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Emotional Reinventions: Realist-Era Representations Beyond Sympathy (Hardback)

Melanie V. Dawson

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ISBN 10: 0472072706 / ISBN 13: 9780472072705
Edité par The University of Michigan Press, United States, 2015
Neuf(s) Etat : New Couverture rigide
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Language: English . Brand New Book. Focusing on representational approaches to emotion during the years of American literary realism s dominance and in the works of such authors as Edith Wharton, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, W. D. Howells, Charles Chesnutt, and others, Emotional Reinventions: Realist-Era Representations Beyond Sympathy contends that emotional representations were central to the self-conscious construction of high realism (in the mid-1880s) and to the interrogation of its boundaries. Based on realist-era authors rejection of sentimentalism and its reduction of emotional diversity (a tendency to stress what Karen Sanchez-Eppler has described as sentimental fiction s investment in overcoming difference ), Melanie Dawson argues that realist-era investments in emotional detail were designed to confront differences of class, gender, race, and circumstance directly. She explores the ways in which representational practices that approximate scientific methods often led away from scientific theories and rejected rigid attempts at creating emotional taxonomies.She argues that ultimately realist-era authors demonstrated a new investment in individuated emotional histories and experiences that sought to honor all affective experiences on their own terms. N° de réf. du libraire AAN9780472072705

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Titre : Emotional Reinventions: Realist-Era ...

Éditeur : The University of Michigan Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2015

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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Focusing on representational approaches to emotion during the years of American literary realism’s dominance and in the works of such authors as Edith Wharton, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, W. D. Howells, Charles Chesnutt, and others, Emotional Reinventions: Realist-Era Representations Beyond Sympathy contends that emotional representations were central to the self-conscious construction of high realism (in the mid-1880s) and to the interrogation of its boundaries. Based on realist-era authors’ rejection of “sentimentalism” and its reduction of emotional diversity (a tendency to stress what Karen Sanchez-Eppler has described as sentimental fiction’s investment in “overcoming difference”), Melanie Dawson argues that realist-era investments in emotional detail were designed to confront differences of class, gender, race, and circumstance directly. She explores the ways in which representational practices that approximate scientific methods often led away from scientific theories and rejected rigid attempts at creating emotional taxonomies. She argues that ultimately realist-era authors demonstrated a new investment in individuated emotional histories and experiences that sought to honor all affective experiences on their own terms. 

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Melanie V. Dawson is Assistant Professor of English at the College of William & Mary.

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