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Abigail and John AdamsThe Americanization of Sensibility$
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G. J. Barker-Benfield

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226037431

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226037448.001.0001

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The Meanings of Sensibility

The Meanings of Sensibility

(p.62) Chapter 2 The Meanings of Sensibility
Abigail and John Adams
University of Chicago Press

This chapter, which describes the conventional meanings of the language of sensibility held by John and Abigail Adams, their circle and other Americans, analyzes the Adamses' view on the effects of reading and writing on persons of sensibility, and the meanings that they gave to individual terms signifying the culture of sensibility. It also discusses the concept of impressions, nonverbal signs of sensibility, and the limit of sentimental language.

Keywords:   language of sensibility, John Adams, Abigail Adams, reading, writing, culture of sensibility, impressions, nonverbal signs, sentimental language

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