International Journal of Philosophical Studies. Jul2018, Vol. 26 Issue 3, p419-436. 18p.
SELF-sacrifice, SENTIMENTALISM in literature, ALTRUISM, PRUDENCE, and EMPATHY
For obvious reasons sentimentalists have been hesitant to offer accounts of moral reasons for action: the whole idea at least initially smacks of rationalist notions of morality. But the sentimentalist can seek to reduce practical to sentimentalist considerations and that is what the present paper attempts to do. Prudential reasons can be identified with the normal emotional/motivational responses people feel in situations that threaten them or offer them opportunities to attain what they need. And in the most basic cases altruistic/moral reasons involve the empathic transfer of one person’s prudential reasons and emotions to another person or persons who can help them. Practical/moral reasons for self-sacrifice also depend on empathic transfer and can vary in strength with the strength of the transfer. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Journal of Popular Culture; Oct2020, Vol. 53 Issue 5, p1160-1178, 19p
BEREAVEMENT in literature, GRIEF in literature, HEROES in literature, SENTIMENTALISM in literature, and WIDOWERS
The article focuses on the book "Lost in Sensation," by Maureen Child. The author explores the themes of joy and mourning within the book, examines the idea of heroes and sentimental heroism within romance novels, and discusses the book's representation of love after loss, specifically for the widower.
American Poetry Review. May/Jun2017, Vol. 46 Issue 3, p35-38. 4p.
21ST century American poetry, SENTIMENTALISM in literature, MOTHERHOOD, REALISM in literature, LITERATURE & culture, and POETRY (Literary form)
The article discusses the element of sentimentalism in contemporary American poetry on motherhood. It states how the realism concept is used in American poetical literature to depict motherhood as a happy event and eliminate the sentimentality. It also discusses how motherhood poetry should abide by the norms of literary and cultural aesthetics. It mentions poets like Sophie Jewett, Anne Bradstreet and Rachel Zucker.
POETRY (Literary form), FAMILY relations, ENGLISH poetry, SENTIMENTALISM in literature, and PARENT-child relationships
The article focuses on features of contemporary poetry is its frequent focus on familial relations between parents and young children and between middle-aged children and their aging parents. It mentions explorations of the nature of affection between parents and children rarely found their way into English-language poetry. It also mentions sentimentality such as pornography and poem "Morning Song" by Sylvia Plath and legitimacy of parent-child relations.
American poetry--19th century--History and criticism, American poetry--Women authors--History and criticism, Persuasion (Rhetoric), Social problems in literature, and Sentimentalism in literature
At a time when a woman speaking before a mixed-gender audience risked acquiring the label “promiscuous,” thousands of women presented their views about social or moral issues through sentimental poetry, a blend of affect with intellect that allowed their participation in public debate. Bridging literary and rhetorical histories, traditional and semiotic interpretations, Antebellum American Women's Poetry: A Rhetoric of Sentiment explores an often overlooked, yet significant and persuasive pre–Civil War American discourse. Considering the logos, ethos, and pathos—aims, writing personae, and audience appeal—of poems by African American abolitionist Frances Watkins Harper, working-class prophet Lydia Huntley Sigourney, and feminist socialite Julia Ward Howe, Wendy Dasler Johnson demonstrates that sentimental poetry was an inportant component of antebellum social activism. She articulates the ethos of the poems of Harper, who presents herself as a properly domestic black woman, nevertheless stepping boldly into Northern pulpits to insist slavery be abolished; the poetry of Sigourney, whose speaker is a feisty, working-class, ambiguously gendered prophet; and the works of Howe, who juggles her fame as the reformist “Battle Hymn” lyricist and motherhood of five children with an erotic Continental sentimentalism. Antebellum American Women's Poetry makes a strong case for restoration of a compelling system of persuasion through poetry usually dismissed from studies of rhetoric. This remarkable book will change the way we think about women's rhetoric in the nineteenth century, inviting readers to hear and respond to urgent, muffled appeals for justice in our own day.
Slavery in literature, Sentimentalism in literature, Suffering--America--History--18th century--Sources, Slavery--America--History--18th century--Sources, Sentimentalism--America--History--18th century--Sources, Suffering in literature, Slaves' writings, American--History and criticism, American literature--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775--History and criticism, and English literature--18th century--History and criticism
Spectacular Suffering focuses on commodification and discipline, two key dimensions of Atlantic slavery through which black bodies were turned into things in the marketplace and persons into property on plantations. Mallipeddi approaches the problem of slavery as a problem of embodiment in this nuanced account of how melancholy sentiment mediated colonial relations between English citizens and Caribbean slaves.The book's first chapters consider how slave distress emerged as a topic of emotional concern and political intervention in the writings of Aphra Behn, Richard Steele, and Laurence Sterne. As Mallipeddi shows, sentimentalism allowed metropolitan authors to fashion themselves as melancholy witnesses to racial slavery by counterposing the singular body to the abstract commodity and by taking affective property in slaves against the legal proprietorship of slaveholders. Spectacular Suffering then turns to the practices of the enslaved, tracing how they contended with the effects of chattel slavery. The author attends not only to the work of African British writers and archival textual materials but also to economic and social activities, including slaves'petty production, recreational forms, and commemorative rituals. In examining the slaves'embodied agency, the book moves away from spectacular images of suffering to concentrate on slow, incremental acts of regeneration by the enslaved. One of the foremost contributions of this study is its exploration of the ways in which the ostensible objects of sentimental compassion—African slaves—negotiated the forces of capitalist abstraction and produced a melancholic counterdiscourse on slavery.Throughout, Mallipeddi's keen reading of primary texts alongside historical and critical work produce fresh and persuasive insights. Spectacular Suffering is an important book that will alter conceptions of slave agency and of sentimentalism across the long eighteenth century.