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Author Jaffe, Audrey.

Title Scenes of sympathy : identity and representation in Victorian fiction / Audrey Jaffe.

Imprint Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2000.


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Description 1 online resource (vii, 184 pages)
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Part I. Sympathy and the spirit of capitalism -- ch. 1. Sympathy and spectacle in Dickens's "A Christmas carol" -- ch. 2. Detecting the beggar: Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry Mayhew, and the construction of social identity -- Part II. Fear of falling -- ch. 3. Under cover: sympathy and ressentiment in Gaskell's Ruth -- ch. 4. Isabel's spectacles: seeing value in East Lynne -- Part III. The aesthtics of cultural identity -- ch. 5. Consenting to the fact: body, nation, and identity in Daniel Deronda -- ch. 6. Embodying culture: Dorian's wish.
Summary In Scenes of Sympathy, Audrey Jaffe argues that representations of sympathy in Victorian fiction both reveal and unsettle Victorian ideologies of identity. Situating these representations within the context of Victorian visual culture, and offering new readings of key works by Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Ellen Wood, George Eliot, Oscar Wilde, and Arthur Conan Doyle, Jaffe shows how mid-Victorian spectacles of social difference construct the middle-class self, and how late-Victorian narratives of feeling pave the way for the sympathetic affinities of contemporary identity politics. Perceptive and elegantly written, Scenes of Sympathy is the first detailed examination of the place of sympathy in Victorian fiction and ideology. It will redirect the current critical conversation about sympathy and refocus discussions of late-Victorian fictions of identity.
Subject English fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Capitalism and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Literature and society -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Group identity in literature.
Sympathy in literature.
Mimesis in literature.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Capitalism and literature. (OCoLC)fst00846459
English fiction. (OCoLC)fst00910817
Group identity in literature. (OCoLC)fst00948452
Literature and society. (OCoLC)fst01000096
Mimesis in literature. (OCoLC)fst01896075
Sympathy in literature. (OCoLC)fst01140842
Great Britain. (OCoLC)fst01204623
Chronological Term 1800-1899
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Print version: Jaffe, Audrey. Scenes of sympathy. Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2000 (DLC) 99047449
ISBN 1501719971 (electronic bk.)
9781501719974 (electronic bk.)
0801437121 (cloth)

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