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On Sympathy
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On Sympathy

Sophie Ratcliffe

Abstract

What happens when we engage with fictional characters? What sort of cognitive activity and affective response does reading about imaginary figures involve? How do our imaginative engagements bear on our actions in the wider world? Moving between literary and philosophical analysis, this book considers the ways in which readers feel when they read, and how they understand ideas of feeling. By using poetic rewritings of The Tempest as its focus, this book broaches questions about fictional belief, morality, and the dynamics between readers, writers, and fictional characters. The book challenges ... More

Keywords: Auden, Beckett, Browning, character, empathy, ethics, humanism, identification, reading, sympathy, Shakespeare, theology, The Tempest

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199239870
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239870.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sophie Ratcliffe, author
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in English at Keble College, Oxford
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