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Unbounded AttachmentSentiment and Politics in the Age of the French Revolution$
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Harriet Guest

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199686810

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686810.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
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Harriet Guest

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This chapter introduces some of the main themes of the book. It discusses the importance of the relation between candour and humanity in the arguments of Adam Smith and Adam Ferguson, and considers their implications for the dispute between William Godwin and John Thelwall over the relative merits of public oratory, conversation, or the printed word. It links these arguments to the concerns over the commercialisation of literature and the author’s relation to an increasingly inclusive readership, and introduces the discussion of the importance of sentiment to women writers in this context.

Keywords:   Oratory, conversation, sentiment, commercialisation, market, women, candour, humanity

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