The Literature of Pity

The Literature of Pity

David Punter


Pity represents a mix of worry, helplessness and overwhelming agitation. it's a time period which suffuses our daily lives; it's also a deadly time period soaring among approval of sympathy and disapproval of emotional wallowing (as in 'self-pity'). David Punter right here engages with a wealth of theoretical principles to discover the literature of pity, together with Freud, Derrida, Levinas and others. His chapters hide "Distinguishing Pity", the Aristotelian framework; Buddhism and pity; the pieta within the center a long time and Renaissance; Shakespeare on pity; Milton's pitiless Christianity; pity and charity within the early novel; Blake's perspectives on pity; the Victorian debate, from Austen to Dickens and George Eliot; Brecht and Chekhov on pity and self-pity; "war, and the pity of war"; Jean Rhys and Stevie Smith; pity, immigration and the colony; and at last 3 modern texts by means of Michel Faber, Kazuo Ishiguro and Cormac McCarthy.

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