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Feeling, Affect, Exposure: Ethical (In)capacity, the Sympathetic Imagination, and J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/12/2013
<mark>Journal</mark>Mosaic
Issue number4
Volume46
Number of pages19
Pages (from-to)1-19
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This essay considers the role of feeling and affect in theories of the sympathetic imagination through readings of Martha Nussbaum, Geoffrey Hartman, and J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace. I explore how the sympathetic imagination is irreducibly contaminated by unstable affective states that threaten its viability as a humanist ethic.