Titolo: Love's Whipping Boy: Violence and ...
Casa editrice: The University of North Carolina Press
Data di pubblicazione: 2014
Legatura: Soft cover
Condizione libro: Used
This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Summary: Working to reconcile the Christian dictum to "love one's neighbor as oneself" with evidence of U.S. sociopolitical aggression, including slavery, corporal punishment of children, and Indian removal, Barnes focuses on aggressors--rather than the weak or abused--to understand paradoxical relationships between empathy, violence, and religion that took hold so strongly in nineteenth-century American culture. Codice inventario libreria ABE_book_usedgood_1469614545
Riassunto: Working to reconcile the Christian dictum to "love one's neighbor as oneself" with evidence of U.S. sociopolitical aggression, including slavery, corporal punishment of children, and Indian removal, Elizabeth Barnes focuses her attention on aggressors--rather than the weak or abused--to suggest ways of understanding paradoxical relationships between empathy, violence, and religion that took hold so strongly in nineteenth-century American culture.
Looking at works by Herman Melville, Frederick Douglass, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Louisa May Alcott, among others, Barnes shows how violence and sensibility work together to produce a more "sensitive" citizenry. Aggression becomes a site of redemptive possibility because salvation is gained when the powerful protagonist identifies with the person he harms. Barnes argues that this identification and emotional transformation come at a high price, however, as the reparative ends are bought with another's blood.
Critics of nineteenth-century literature have tended to think about sentimentality and violence as opposing strategies in the work of nation-building and in the formation of U.S. national identity. Yet to understand how violence gets folded into sentimentality's egalitarian goals is to recognize, importantly, the deep entrenchment of aggression in the empathetic structures of liberal, Christian culture in the United States.
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" Love's Whipping Boy persuasively reveals the messages of violence that have always been in residence behind accounts of democracy and the novel alike. This is a nuanced, compelling, and provocative addition to nineteenth-century U.S. literary criticism."--Shirley Samuels, Cornell University
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