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Enlightened Sentiments: Judgment and Autonomy in the Age of Sensibility

Hina Nazar


Enlightened Sentiments reassesses the eighteenth century's liberal legacies by revisiting the wide-ranging development of eighteenth-century letters known as “sentimentalism.” It suggests that the recent retrieval of sentimentalism as a predominantly affective culture of sensibility elides its critical motif of moral and aesthetic judgment, and obscures the movement's contributions to one of the Enlightenment's most important, and in recent times, contentious norms—the ideal of autonomy. Drawing upon novelists from Samuel Richardson to Jane Austen, and theorists of judgment from David Hume to ... More

Keywords: Enlightenment, Sentimentalism, Liberal Ethics, Autonomy, Judgment, Novel, Postmodernism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780823240074
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823240074.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hina Nazar, author
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign