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

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Published
<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
<mark>Original language</mark>English

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.