April 3, 2018

Download e-book for iPad: Apocalyptic Sentimentalism: Love and Fear in U.S. Antebellum by Kevin Pelletier

By Kevin Pelletier

ISBN-10: 0820339482

ISBN-13: 9780820339481

ISBN-10: 0820354678

ISBN-13: 9780820354675

In distinction to the existing scholarly con-sensus that is aware sentimentality to be grounded on a good judgment of affection and sympathy, Apocalyptic Sentimentalism demonstrates that during order for sentimentality to paintings as an antislavery engine, it had to be associated with its seeming opposite—fear, in particular the phobia of God’s wrath. so much antislavery reformers famous that demands love and sympathy or the illustration of soreness slaves wouldn't lead an viewers to “feel correct” or to actively oppose slavery. the specter of God’s apocalyptic vengeance—and the phobia that this risk inspired—functioned in the culture of abolitionist sentimentality as an important goad for sympathy and love. Fear,then, was once on the heart of nineteenth-century sentimental concepts for inciting antislavery reform, bolstering love while love faltered, and working as a strong mechanism for setting up interracial sympathy. Depictions of God’s apocalyptic vengeance constituted the most productive method for antislavery writers to generate a feeling of terror of their audience.

concentrating on a variety of very important anti-slavery figures, together with David Walker, Nat Turner, Maria Stewart, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and John Brown, Apocalyptic Sentimentalism illustrates how antislavery discourse labored to redefine violence and vengeance because the final expression (rather than denial) of affection and sympathy. on the sametime, those warnings of apocalyptic retribution enabled antislavery writers to precise, albeit in a roundabout way, fantasies of brutal violence opposed to slaveholders. What started as a sentimental approach fast grew to become an incendiary gesture, with antislavery reformers envisioning the full annihilation of slaveholders and defenders of slavery.

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