American literature--19th century--History and criticism, Emotions in literature, Didactic fiction, American--History and criticism, Sentimentalism in literature, Sympathy in literature, and Sex role in literature
In this book, Glenn Hendler explores what he calls the'logic of sympathy'in novels by Walt Whitman, Louisa May Alcott, T. S. Arthur, Martin Delany, Horatio Alger, Fanny Fern, Nathaniel Parker Willis, Henry James, Mark Twain, and William Dean Howells. For these nineteenth-century writers, he argues, sympathetic identification was not strictly an individual, feminizing, and private feeling but the quintessentially public sentiment--a transformative emotion with the power to shape social institutions and political movements.Uniting current scholarship on gender in nineteenth-century American culture with historical and theoretical debates on the definition of the public sphere in the period, Hendler shows how novels taught diverse readers to'feel right,'to experience their identities as male or female, black or white, middle or working class, through a sentimental, emotionally based structure of feeling. He links novels with such wide-ranging cultural and political discourses as the temperance movement, feminism, and black nationalism. Public Sentiments demonstrates that, whether published for commercial reasons or for higher moral and aesthetic purposes, the nineteenth-century American novel was conceived of as a public instrument designed to play in a sentimental key.
Mary Chapman, Glenn Hendler, Mary Chapman, and Glenn Hendler
Sentimentalism in literature, Masculinity in literature, American literature--Male authors--History and criticism, Men--United States--Psychology, Sex role in literature, Emotions in literature, and Men in literature
The essays in this volume analyze a wide variety of cultural forms to demonstrate the centrality of masculine sentiment in American literary and cultural history from the early republic to the progressive era. Challenging the association of sentimentality exclusively with femininity in studies of American culture, the contributors analyze sentimentalism not just as a literary genre but as a structure of feeling manifested in many areas: temperance testimonials, begging letters, historiography, philanthropic performance, photography, portraiture, and poetry. Essays from a variety of disciplines—American studies, literature, history, art, gender studies—deconstruct the alignment of reason, commerce, and the public sphere with men, and feelings, domesticity, and the private sphere with women.
American Poetry Review. May/Jun2015, Vol. 44 Issue 3, p29-31. 3p.
POETRY (Literary form), EMOTIONS in literature, SENTIMENTALISM in literature, and SINCERITY
The article presents a conversation between the author and her friend and fellow poet Joy Katz focusing on the role of sentiment, emotion, and sincerity in contemporary poetry. Topics include how formal elements can be used by a poet to express emotion without becoming overly sentimental, and works by poets including Fred Moten, Ross Gay, and Montana Ray are discussed.
American Literature; Dec2011, Vol. 83 Issue 4, p719-746, 28p
BOOKS & reading -- United States, FICTION -- History & criticism, READING -- Social aspects, SENTIMENTALISM in literature, EMOTIONS in literature, and NINETEENTH century
An essay on novel reading and opposition to novel reading in the U.S. in the antebellum period is presented. It examines anxieties concerning the affective power of novels, commenting on sentimentality and emotions. The author also reflects on concerns about isolation allegedly brought about by novel reading.