Compassion: The Culture and Politics of an Emotion

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Lauren Gail Berlant
Psychology Press, 2004 - Psychology - 247 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Compassion
15
2 Much of Madness and More of Sin
29
3 Calculating Compassion
59
4 Poor Hetty
87
5 Moving Pictures
105
6 Provoking George Eliot
145
7 Compassions Compulsion
159
8 Cosmetic Surgeons of the Social
187
9 Suffering and Thinking
219
Contributors
245
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Lauren Berlant is Professor of English at the University of Chicago. Among her books are The Queen of America Goes to Washington City and The Anatomy of Fantasy.

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