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‘I Will Not Weep’: Reading through the Tears of Henry Mackenzie’s Man of Feeling’

Csengei, Ildiko (2008) ‘I Will Not Weep’: Reading through the Tears of Henry Mackenzie’s Man of Feeling’. Modern Language Review, 103 (4). pp. 952-968. ISSN 0026-7937

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Abstract

This article investigates tears of sympathy as part of a sentimental reading practice in the eighteenth century, and describes how Henry Mackenzie's novel "The Man of Feeling" self-consciously enacts the reader's education via sympathetic emotional response. Mackenzie's novel is interpreted in the context of the literature and moral-sense philosophy of eighteenth-century sensibility and sentimentalism. The 'man of feeling' consists in an always shifting perspective; it is an emotional lens, a technique of reading, rather than a clearly defined character type. The article also addresses the question of interpersonal relations and intersubjectivity as a common concern for sensibility and psychoanalysis.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2013 11:03
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2015 21:28
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/18577

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