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Compassion : The Culture and Politics of an Emotion - Lauren Berlant

Compassion

The Culture and Politics of an Emotion

By: Lauren Berlant (Editor)

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Published: 25th March 2004
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Compassion is not a simple sentiment, especially in the modern world. Today the term invokes ideas of individual and collective obligation to respond actively to suffering; compassion becomes a complex response involving the state, the military, economic factors, and of course ethical and moral issues.
In "Compassion," ten scholars draw on literature, psychoanalysis, and social history to provide an archive of cases and genealogies of compassion. Together these essays demonstrate how "being compassionate" is shaped by historical specificity and social training, and how the idea of compassion takes place in scenes that are anxious, volatile, surprising, and even contradictory.

Introduction: Compassion (and Withholding)
Compassion
Much of Madness and More of Sin: Compassion, for Ligeia
Calculating Compassion
Poor Hetty
Moving Pictures: George Eliot and Melodrama
Provoking George Eliot
Compassion's Compulsion
Cosmetic Surgeons of the Social: Darwin, Freud and Wells and the Limits of Sympathy on The Island of
Suffering and Thinking: The Scandal of Tone in Eichmann in Jerusalem
Contributors
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ISBN: 9780415970525
ISBN-10: 0415970520
Series: Essays from the English Institute
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 25th March 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1