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Empathy and the Novel$
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Suzanne Keen

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195175769

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175769.001.0001

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Contemporary Perspectives on Empathy

Contemporary Perspectives on Empathy

(p.3) 1 Contemporary Perspectives on Empathy
Empathy and the Novel

Suzanne Keen

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines contemporary perspectives on empathy. It aims to establish a working definition of empathy, detail the questions about empathy that psychologists and philosophers pursue, and describe the representations of empathy in popular culture. It investigates what empathy invoked by novels might do to and for readers and discusses a collection of reactions to three brief texts that attempt to invoke emotional responses in readers.

Keywords:   empathy, popular culture, novels, readers, psychology, philosophy

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