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An Archaeology of Sympathy: The Sentimental Mode in Literature and Cinema


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An Archaeology of Sympathy: The Sentimental Mode in Literature and Cinema

James Chandler

In the middle of the eighteenth century, something new made itself felt in European culture—a tone or style that came to be called the sentimental. The sentimental mode went on to shape not just literature, art, music, and cinema, but people's very structures of feeling, their ways of doing and being. This book challenges Sergei Eisenstein's influential account of Dickens and early American film by tracing the unexpected history and intricate strategies of the sentimental mode and showing how it has been reimagined over the past three centuries. It begins with a look at Frank Capra and the ... Read more


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