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Empathy and the Psychology of Literary Modernism$
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Meghan Marie Hammond

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748690985

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748690985.001.0001

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Into Other Minds:

Into Other Minds:

William and Henry James

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(p.32) Chapter 1 Into Other Minds
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Empathy and the Psychology of Literary Modernism
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Meghan Marie Hammond

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748690985.003.0002

Chapter One, “Into Other Minds: William and Henry James,” examines empathy during the transition to modernism via Henry James, William James, and the experimental psychologist E. B. Titchener. This chapter focuses on the works of Henry James’s “fourth phase” (published 1907-1917), which are marked by striking instances of temporal slow-down and sensory overlap between different minds. These narrative developments are a notable turn away from sympathetic representation that requires distance between subjects and toward empathic structures of fellow feeling that seek to disguise or obliterate such psychological distance. This textual empathy mirrors the rejection of mind-body dualism that marks the work of William James and Titchener. But Henry James’s autobiography also features a persistent use of ghostly language that deals with the ambivalence and anxiety about fellow feeling that both William James and Titchener exhibit but avoid confronting.

Keywords:   Henry James, William James, Titchener, empathy, sympathy, mind-body dualism, psychology

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