Sensibility

(2562 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay


“Sentiment”, “sentimentality” and “sensibility” become key terms in English literature from the 1740s to the 1770s, influencing the narrative form, moral significance and the verbal expression of poetry, prose fiction and drama. After the 1770s these terms decline in popularity, tending more and more to designate theatrical, insincere and self-indulgent emotionality.

Pathetic and sensationally moving elements involving domestic relationships and distressed virtue exist in the Greek drama of Euripides, in medieval morality plays and, most obviously, in the Elizabethan and Jacobean drama of Fletcher, Heywood and Shirley. Pathos resulting from the sudden intrusion of the child-and-parent tie is …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Citation:
Todd, Janet. "Sensibility". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2005
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=1003, accessed 04 August 2015.]


Related Groups

  1. English Romanticism