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Contributions from Members of the Society of Nineteenth Century Americanists

Compiled by Professor Leslie Petty, Rhodes College Summer 2011


Bell, Richard. "In Werther's Thrall: Suicide and the Power of Sentimental Reading in Early National America." Early American Literature 46.1 (2011): 93-120.

Clark, Elizabeth B. "'The Sacred Rights of the Weak':  Pain, Sympathy, and the Culture of Individual Rights in Antebellum America." The Journal of American History 82.2 (September 1995): 463-493.

Dillon, Elizabeth. "Sentimental Aesthetics." American Literature 76.3 (2004): 495-523.

Hoeller, Hildegard. "From Agony to Ecstasy: The New Studies of American Sentimentality." ESQ: Journal of the American Renaissance 52.4 (Fall 2006): 339-369.

Insko, Jeffrey. "Passing Current: Electricity, Magnetism, and Historical Transmission in The Linwoods," ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 56:3 (2010): 293-26. 

Jones, Paul. "'That I could look . . . on my own crucifixion and bloody crowning': Walt Whitman's Anti-Gallows Writing and the Appeal to Christian Sympathy." Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 27 (Fall 2009): 1-27.


Jones, Paul. "'I put my fingers around my throat and squeezed it, to know how it feels': Anti-Gallows Sentimentalism and E.D.E.N. Southworth's The Hidden Hand," Legacy 25.1 (2008): 41-61.

Noble, Marianne. "'The Courage to Speak and Hear the Truth': Sympathy and Genuine Human Contact in Harriet Beecher Stowe's The Minister's Wooing." New England Quarterly 81.4 (2008): 676-702.

Roberts, Heather. "'The Public Heart': Urban Life and the Politics of Sympathy in Lydia Maria Child's Letters from New York." American Literature 76:4 (December 2004): 749-75.

Roggenkamp, Karen. "Sympathy and Sensation: Elizabeth Jordan, Lizzie Borden, and the Female Reporter in Late Nineteenth-Century Newspaper Fictions and Journalism." American Literary Realism 40.1 (2007): 32-51.

Sbriglia, Russell. "Revision and Identification: Emerson and the Ethics of Skepticism and Sympathy." Arizona Quarterly 66.2 (2010): 1-34.

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Bartky, Sandra Lee. Sympathy and Solidarity and Other Essays. Lanham, MD: Rowan & Littlefield Pub., 2002.

Barnes, Elizabeth. Love's Whipping Boy: Violence and Sentimentality in the American Imagination. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2011.

Berlant, Lauren. The Female Complaint: The Unfinished Business of Sentimentality in American Literature. Durham: Duke UP, 2008.

Boudreau, Kristin. Sympathy in American Literature: American Sentiments from Jefferson to the Jameses. Gainesville: UP Florida, 2002.

Burstein, Andrew. Sentimental Democracy: The Evolution of America's Romantic Self-Image. New York: Hill and Wang, 1999.

Chapman, Mary, and Glenn Hendler, eds. Sentimental Men: Masculinity and the Politics of Affect in American Culture. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999.

Cherniavsky, Eva. That Pale Mother Rising: Sentimental Discourses and the Imitation of Motherhood in Nineteenth-Century America. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1995.

Crain, Caleb. American Sympathy: Men, Friendship, and Literature in the New Nation. New Haven: Yale UP, 2001.

Davis, Theo. Formalism, Experience, and the Making of American Literature in the Nineteenth Century. New York: Cambridge UP, 2007.

Denby, David J. Sentimental Narrative and the Social Order in France, 1760-1820. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2006.

Dixon, Thomas. The Invention of Altruism: Making Moral Meanings in Victorian Britain. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2008.

Duane, Anna Mae. Suffering Childhood in Early America: Violence, Race and the Making of the Child Victim. Athens: U Georgia P, 2010.

Duquette, Elizabeth. Loyal Subjects: Bonds of Nation, Race, and Allegiance in Nineteenth-Century America.  New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 2010.

Ellison, Julie. Cato's Tears and the Making of Anglo-American Emotion. Chicago: U Chicago P, 1999.

Fichtelberg, Joseph. Critical Fictions: Sentiment and the American Market, 1780&endash;1870. Athens: U Georgia P, 2003.

Frazer, Michael L. The Enlightenment of Sympathy: Justice and the Moral Sentiments in the Eighteenth Century and Today. New York: Oxford UP, 2010.

Gregg, Melissa and Gregory J. Seigworth. The Affect Theory Reader. Durham: Duke UP, 2010.

Hartman, Saidiya V. Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America. New York: Oxford UP, 1997.

Hendler, Glenn. Public Sentiments: Structures of Feeling in Nineteenth-Century American Literature. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2001.

Keen, Suzanne. Empathy and the Novel. New York: Oxford UP, 2010.

Kete, Mary Louise. Sentimental Collaborations: Mourning and Middle-Class Identity in Nineteenth-Century America. Durham: Duke UP, 1999.

Lamb, Jonathan. The Evolution of Sympathy in the Long Eighteenth Century. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2009.

Lowe, Brigid. Victorian Fiction and the Insights of Sympathy: An Alternative to the Hermeneutics of Suspicion. London: Anthem Press, 2007.

McCarthy, Thomas J. Relationships of Sympathy: The Writer and the Reader in British Romanticism. Aldershot: Scolar P, 1997.

Merish, Lori. Sentimental Materialism: Gender, Commodity Culture, and Nineteenth-Century American Literature. Durham: Duke UP, 2000.

Mielke, Laura L. Moving Encounters: Sympathy and the Indian Question in Antebellum Literature. Amherst: U Massachusetts P, 2008.

Mitchell, Robert. Sympathy and the State in the Romantic Era: Systems, State Finance, and the Shadows of Futurity. New York and London: Routledge, 2007.

Moody, Joycelyn. Sentimental Confessions: Spiritual Narratives of Nineteenth-Century African American Women. Athens: U Georgia P, 2003. 

Murison, Justine. The Politics of Anxiety in Nineteenth-Century American Literature. New York: Cambridge UP, 2011.

Ngai, Sianne. Ugly Feelings. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2005.

Noble, Marianne. The Masochistic Pleasures of Sentimental Literature. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2000.

Smith, Stephanie. Conceived by Liberty: Maternal Figures and Nineteenth-Century American Literature. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1995.

Sontag, Susan. Regarding the Pain of Others. New York: Picador, 2003.

Steele, Jeffrey. Transfiguring America: Myth, Ideology, and Mourning in Margaret Fuller's Writing. Columbia: U Missouri P, 2001.

Stern, Julia A. The Plight of Feeling: Sympathy and Dissent in the Early American Novel. Chicago: U Chicago P, 1997. 

Taylor, Craig. Sympathy: A Philosophical Analysis. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.

Tawil, Ezra. The Making of Racial Sentiment: Slavery and the Birth of the Frontier Romance. New York: Cambridge UP, 2006.

Terada, Rai. Feeling in Theory: Emotion after the "Death of the Subject." Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2003.

Thomson, Shawn. The Fortress of American Solitude: Robinson Crusoe and Antebellum Culture. Fairleigh: Dickinson UP, 2009.

Weinstein, Cindy. Family, Kinship, and Sympathy in Nineteenth-Century American Literature. New York: Cambridge UP, 2004.

Primary Text

Collins, Jennie. Nature's Aristocracy: A Plea for the Oppressed. 1871. Ed. Judy Ranta. Lincoln: U Nebraska P, 2010.

Selected Bibliography 2011-Present

Barnes, Elizabeth. Love's Whipping Boy: Violence & Sentimentality in the American Imagination. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 2011.

Charles, John C. Abandoning the Black Hero: Sympathy and Privacy in the Postwar African American White-Life Novel. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 2012.

Sanders, Joe S. Disciplining Girls: Understanding the Origins of the Classic Orphan Girl Story. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins UP, 2011.

MLA Style Citation of this Web Page

Reuben, Paul P. "PAL: Appendix Y: Sympathy in American Literature." PAL: Perspectives in American Literature- A Research and Reference Guide. URL: (provide page date or date of your login).


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