On sympathy [electronic resource] / Sophie Ratcliffe.
- Oxford : Clarendon Press, c2008.
- Oxford English monographs.
Oxford English monographs
1 online resource (281 p.)
- English literature -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
Sympathy in literature.
Authors and readers.
Literature and morals.
Books and reading -- Philosophy.
- Electronic books.
- What happens when we engage with fictional characters? How do our imaginative engagements bear on our actions in the wider world? Moving between the literary and the philosophical, Sophie Ratcliffe considers the ways in which readers feel when they read, and how they understand ideas of feeling.On Sympathy uses dramatic monologues based on The Tempest as its focus, and broaches questions about fictional belief, morality, and the dynamics between readers, writers, and fictional characters. The book challenges conventionally accepted ideas of literary identification and sympathy, and asks why th
- Understanding sympathy and sympathetic understanding
W.H. Auden : 'as mirrors are lonely'
Samuel Beckett : 'humanity in ruins'
Epilogue : sympathy now.
- Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 237-261) and index.
Description based on print version record.
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