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Alex Wetmore - Sympathy Machines: Men of Feeling and the Automaton (2009) | JSTOR - Eighteenth-Century Studies
Eighteenth-Century Studies, Vol. 43, No. 1 (FALL 2009), pp. 37-54 -- Recent discussions of the automaton in eighteenth-century British culture have situated this figure in relation to shifting concepts of feminine identity. However, comparatively little attention has been spent on the automaton's relation to masculinity. In light of this, my essay considers parallels between automata and representations of men of feeling in the sentimental novels of Sterne, Smollett, and Mackenzie. Juxtaposing these novels with spectacles of automata like Cox's Museum reveal at least two interesting insights: (1) the man of feeling's automatically-reactive sensibility destabilizes eighteenth-century conceptual boundaries between humans and machines; and (2) in breaching these boundaries, men of feeling point to important shifts in the relationship between the mechanical and the virtuous as the century progresses. -- looks like a useful lit survey -- downloaded pdf to Note
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november 2015 by dunnettreader
James Chandler, ed. - The Cambridge History of English Romantic Literature (pbk 2012) | Cambridge University Press
The Romantic period was one of the most creative, intense and turbulent periods of English lit (..) revolution, reaction, and reform in politics, and by the invention of imaginative literature in its distinctively modern form. (..) an engaging account of 6 decades of literary production around the turn of the 19thC. Reflecting the most up-to-date research, (..) both to provide a narrative of Romantic lit and to offer new and stimulating readings of the key texts. (...) the various locations of literary activity - both in England and, as writers developed their interests in travel and foreign cultures, across the world. (..) how texts responded to great historical and social change. (..) a comprehensive bibliography, timeline and index, **--** Choice: 50 years ago, lit studies was awash in big theories of Romanticism, (e.g. M. H. Abrams, Geoffrey Hartman, Harold Bloom); 2 decades later, Marilyn Butler argued that the very label "Romantic" was "historically unsound." This collection suggests that no consensus has yet emerged: instead, the best of the essays suggest continuities with periods before and after. Rather than big theories, (..) kaleidoscopic snapshots of individual genres (the novel, the "new poetry," drama, the ballad, children's literature); larger intellectual currents (Brewer ... on "sentiment and sensibility"); fashionable topics (imperialism, publishing history, disciplinarity); and--most interesting--the varying cultures of discrete localities (London, Ireland, Scotland).(..) an excellent book useful not as a reference resource, (..) but for its summaries of early-21st-century thinking about British lit culture 1770s-1830s. -- downloaded pdfs of front matter and excerpt to Note
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february 2015 by dunnettreader
David A. Bell, review - Antoine Lilti, Figures publiques - The Fault is Not in Our "Stars", but in Ourselves - Books & ideas Jan 2014
Reviewed: Antoine Lilti, Figures publiques. L’invention de la célébrité, 1750-1850, [Public Figures. The Invention of Celebrity, 1750-1850]. Paris, Fayard, 2014. -- Before we start to lament the triumph of celebrity culture over the most basic civic literacy, we might ask if things were truly better in the past. Antoine Lilti’s brilliant book shows that modern celebrity culture had its origins in the age of revolutions, when selfhood and personal authenticity emerged as new notions. -- downloaded as pdf to Note
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january 2015 by dunnettreader
Tobias Menely - Zoöphilpsychosis: Why Animals Are What's Wrong with Sentimentality | JSTOR: symplokē, Vol. 15, No. 1/2 (2007), pp. 244-267
From the eradication of the aesthetics of sentimentality in 19thC Romanticism (gendered sentiment as well as aesthetic connection with nature based on sentiment) to contemporary animal rights debates
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january 2014 by dunnettreader
Hassan Melehy - Silencing the Animals: Montaigne, Descartes, and the Hyperbole of Reason | JSTOR: symplokē, Vol. 13, No. 1/2 (2005), pp. 263-282
Toulmin on Cartesian hyper rationality and Derrida on man animal, Montaigne and Descartes -- useful postmodern bibliography as well as articles in last few decades on whether Descartes was a friend or enemy of animals based on where he drew the boundary.
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january 2014 by dunnettreader
Winfried Fluck - Fiction and Justice | JSTOR: New Literary History, Vol. 34, No. 1 (Winter, 2003), pp. 19-42
Not an essay on the purported "ethical turn" in literary and cultural studies -- instead thesis that part of the ever growing appetite over the last several centuries for the novel reflects interest in social and individual justice.
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january 2014 by dunnettreader
Philip Carter - Polite 'Persons': Character, Biography and the Gentleman | JSTOR: Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, Sixth Series, Vol. 12 (2002), pp. 333-354
Attempts to distinguish modern theories of refinement led eighteenth-century writers to highlight the moral integrity of a new code - politeness - in which outward civilities could be read as the manifestation of inner social virtues. To sponsors of polite culture this assurance was indicative of the superiority of modern manners manifest in the Lockean polite 'person'. Yet the possibility and validity of synthesis remained a subject for debate; partly because of the difficulty of communicating character, partly because of the potential exploitation of a supposed congruity between outer expression and inner motive. In response, late century theorists sought to reinvigorate aspects of Locke's ideal through a culture of sensibility which both developed and criticised the existing polite code. But prone to similar weaknesses, sensibility was itself abandoned in the nineteenth century as writing on morals and manners diverged, and the distinctive, enlightened concept of politeness gave way to etiquette and a modern regimen of social dos and don'ts.
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january 2014 by dunnettreader
William Park: William Park Clarissa as Tragedy (1976)
JSTOR: Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, Vol. 16, No. 3 (Summer, 1976), pp. 461-471 -- downloaded pdf to Note -- contrast with Fielding better based on genre and demands of form than typical middle class vs aristocratic etc
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september 2013 by dunnettreader
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JSTOR: Revue d'Histoire littéraire de la France, 93e Année, No. 5 (Sep. - Oct., 1993), pp. 702-716 -- Diderot issue from roundtable on Neveu de Rameau and Paradoxe sur le comédien downloaded pdf to Note -- Le Paradoxe sur le comédien de Diderot n'est pas une creatio ex nihilo. C'est une variation nouvelle sur un vieux topos de la doctrine rhétorique, Natura et Ars, Ingénium et Judicium, qui concerne l'orator en tant qu'actor aussi bien que l'interprétation du comédien. Diderot renouvelle le topos en introduisant, à la place de la traditionnelle conciliation entre natura et ars, ingenium et judicium, la distinction post-cartésienne moderne entre l'ego rationnel transcendantal et le moi subjectif, ce qui constitue une extension à l'art du comédien de la rhétorique rationaliste des Lumières. Mais la conception cicéronienne traditionnelle est encore bien vivante au XVII e siècle en France. Elle a été réaffirmée avec élégance par Rémond de Saint-Albine dans Le Comédien (1747), ouvrage qui a connu un long et vaste succès en Europe, et dont la doctrine peut être considérée comme l'équivalent "rocaille" de L'Art de l'acteur de Stanislavski. Cet article analyse le contenu de ce livre important et méconnu en opposition avec les théories de Diderot.
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september 2013 by dunnettreader
Pierre Frantz - Du spectateur au comédien : le Paradoxe comme nouveau point de vue | JSTOR - Revue d'Histoire littéraire de la France
JSTOR: Revue d'Histoire littéraire de la France, 93e Année, No. 5 (Sep. - Oct., 1993), pp. 685-701 -- Diderot issue from roundtable on Neveu de Rameau and Paradoxe sur le comédien -- downloaded pdf to Note -- Où est le paradoxe dans le Paradoxe sur le comédien ? Pourquoi Diderot a-t-il souligné la dimension paradoxale de sa thèse célèbre ? Pour répondre à ces questions nous devons situer ce texte dans l'ensemble de l'œuvre du philosophe. La thèse de l'insensibilité du comédien est paradoxale pour le spectateur sensible et ému, en quête d'émotion à tout le moins, qu'est Diderot. C'est de ce point de vue de spectateur que s'est élaboré un modèle du théâtre dans les textes célèbres de 1757-1758. Les exigences de la scène sont conçues alors selon une anamorphose rigoureuse de celles du spectateur. Au terme d'une évolution dont témoignent les Salons et le Neveu de Rameau le Paradoxe introduit avec le point de vue de l'acteur, la dissymétrie dans cette construction antérieure ; sans s'y substituer pour autant comme le montrent les reprises, les phénomènes d' "insistance" qu'on se doit de noter au même titre que les discontinuités ou les contradictions. Ce dialogue entre le point de vue de l'acteur et celui du spectateur permet à l'esthétique de Diderot de se libérer de certaines impasses sensualistes.
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september 2013 by dunnettreader
Charles Lindholm: The Rise of Expressive Authenticity (2013)
Project MUSE - Charles Lindholm. "The Rise of Expressive Authenticity." Anthropological Quarterly 86.2 (2013): 361-395 -- in issue devoted to "Authenticity" -- The quotes above are characteristic 19th century testimonials to the value of personal authenticity as "the reigning value of a society bereft of divine sanction and dissatisfied with the false comforts of modern life" (Jay 2011:9). In the rest of this special collection, a number of scholars will present ethnographic case studies and theoretical perspectives that situate the pursuit and instantiation of authenticity in cultural terms. In so doing, they expand upon recent work by anthropologists who have explored authenticity in its various forms, trajectories, and consequences.However, this is not my purpose. Rather, my contribution is a preliminary one, setting the stage for the more specific articles that follow. In it, I will outline some of the major ways in which one aspect of authenticity, in the particular form of "being thyself," came to serve as a prevalent trope for transcendence in the Western world. My (necessarily simplified) foray into social, intellectual, and literary history is intended to provide a useful survey of the philosophical and aesthetic context and the social circumstances in which the value of personal expressive authenticity has arisen and taken hold of modern consciousness. With this background drawn in, the later, more ethnographically informed articles should gain greater purchase as they fit within, and critique, the larger cultural-historical narrative about authenticity and its realizations. I have another agenda as well: to demonstrate that Western philosophy, aesthetics, and literature are fair game for anthropological analysis which expands the traditional boundaries of our discipline.
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august 2013 by dunnettreader

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