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dc.contributor.supervisor Faubert, Michelle (English, Film, and Theatre) en_US
dc.contributor.author Jones Square, Shoshannah Bryn
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-08T20:05:07Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-08T20:05:07Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-08
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/8150
dc.description.abstract This study, which is founded on an assumption of the unity of aesthetics and ethics, illustrates the reformative power of the moral imagination and sympathetic engagement in Mary Wollstonecraft’s first novella, Mary, A Fiction. Sympathy—wakened by the literary imagination and invoking the reader’s moral potentiality—is what links the literary and the ethical; the emotional exchange, the sympathetic fusion, that occurs between reader and text may extend beyond the pages of the novella into the real world. The affective experience of reading literature, which allows for imaginative perspective-taking, moves us to act in ways that make us more social, more resistant to injustice, and better equipped to enact necessary change. This study delineates the three-fold operation of imagination, sympathy, and affect in Wollstonecraft’s Mary, which extols a heroine who exemplifies the radicalizing power of affect and which itself has the power to effect a revolution in its readers. en_US
dc.subject English en_US
dc.subject Romanticism en_US
dc.subject Ethics en_US
dc.title The moral imagination and sympathetic engagement: the power of affect in Mary Wollstonecraft's Mary, A Fiction en_US
dc.degree.discipline English, Film, and Theatre en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Faubert, Michelle (English, Film, and Theatre) Young, Arlene (English, Film, and Theatre) McArthur, Neil (Philosophy) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts (M.A.) en_US
dc.description.note October 2012 en_US


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