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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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New Structures of Fellow Feeling

New Structures of Fellow Feeling

(p.176) Coda New Structures of Fellow Feeling
Empathy and the Psychology of Literary Modernism

Meghan Marie Hammond

Edinburgh University Press

This book's Coda suggests that just as we must acknowledge that modernist empathy arises not from the ether, but rather from the sympathetic discourses and traditions of the nineteenth century, so too must we avoid the temptation to understand literature after the modernist era as post-empathic. This brief closing chapter looks forward to a future for literary empathy studies that includes a robust treatment of narrative empathy in a global context. As a final gesture, it suggests that literary empathy studies will serve as an important contextualising partner for the wealth of scientific research on empathy that is currently emerging.

Keywords:   Virginia Woolf, empathy, sympathy, fellow feeling, postcolonial literature

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