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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 Cap ... More

Keywords: sentimental, structures of feeling, Sergei Eisenstein, Dickens, early American film, Frank Capra, Capraesque, American public life, eighteenth century, literary spectatorship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226034959
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226035000.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Chandler, author