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This book shows how reading modernist literature gives us a fresh and necessary insight into both the tensions within the empathetic imagination and the idea of empathy itself. Writers such as Thomas Hardy, Ford Madox Ford, Mary Borden, T. S. Eliot, and Virginia Woolf encourage us to enter other perspectives even as they question the boundaries between self and other and, hence, the very possibility of empathy. Eve Sorum maintains that we must think through this complex literary heritage, focusing on the geographic and elegiac modes of the empathetic imagination, and revealing empathy as more fraught, threatening, and even uncanny than it first appears. Modernist Empathy thereby forges a theory of literary empathy as an act not of orientation, but of disorientation, thereby enriching our contemporary understanding of both modernist literature and the concept of literary empathy.Read more
- Provides a new perspective on the works of Hardy, Ford, Barton, Woolf, and Eliot
- Shows how a new form of empathy arose in a context of cultural, social, and political transformation, with special attention given to World War I
- Argues that modernist literary texts perform and examine empathy within abstraction
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- Publication planned for: August 2019
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781108498722
- length: 234 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 157 x 16 mm
- weight: 0.48kg
- contains: 1 b/w illus.
- availability: Not yet published - available from August 2019
Table of Contents
1. Modernizing empathy, locating loss
2. Disorientation, elegy, and the uncanny: modernist empathy through Hardy
3. Disorienting empathy: World War I and the traumas of perspective-taking
4. Elegizing empathy: Eliot and the subject-object divide
5. Uncanny empathy: Woolf's half-life of objects
Conclusion: performing empathy?
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