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Unfelt: The Language of Affect in the British Enlightenment

James Noggle


This book offers a new account of feeling during the British Enlightenment, finding that the passions and sentiments long considered as preoccupations of the era depend on a potent insensibility, the secret emergence of pronounced emotions that only become apparent with time. Surveying a range of affects, including primary sensation, love and self-love, greed, happiness, and patriotic ardor, the book explores literary evocations of imperceptibility and unfeeling that pervade and support the period's understanding of sensibility. Each of the four sections of the book—on philosophy, the novel, h ... More

Keywords: British Enlightenment, emotions, feelings, love, self-love, greed, happiness, patriotic ardor, sensibility, unfeeling

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501747120
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501747120.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Noggle, author
Wellesley College

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