This chapter examines the relationship of empathy to novelists' craft of fiction. It suggests that contemporary novelists frequently connect fiction with empathy in their comments on creativity and the effects of novel reading and that representations of empathy in contemporary fiction run the gamut from moral approval to subversive deconstruction. It explains that many novelists call up empathy as a representational goal by mirroring it within their texts and they present empathetic connections between characters or thematize empathy explicitly in fiction meditating on the vagaries of social relations.
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