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Author: Nichol Weizenbeck

Title: Bringing Sentimental Fiction to its (Anti-)Climax

Subtitle: Laurence Sterne’s A Sentimental Journey

In: Interpreting Sexual Violence, 1660-1800

Edited by: Anne Greenfield

Place: London

Publisher: Pickering & Chatto

Year: 2013

Pages: 131-139 and 201-205

Series: The Body, Gender and Culture 14

ISBN-13: 9781848934399 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 18th Century | English History | Representations: Literature / Laurence Sterne


Link: EBSCOhost (Restricted Access)

Link: University Publishing Online (Restricted Access)


Abstract: »Lastly, in the final chapter of this section, Nichol Weizenbeck examines attitudes towards sexual violence as they appear in the eighteenth-century sentimental novel. As Weizenbeck illustrates, one of the surprising and often-overlooked features of the quintessential 'man of feeling' in novels like Lawrence Sterne's A Sentimental Journey (1768), is his harmless and impotent sexuality. Thus, an unexpected ramification of living a sentimental life – alongside experiencing sympathy, compassion, benevolence, humanity and pity – is experiencing sexual debilitation.« (Source: Anne Greenfield. »Introduction.« Interpreting Sexual Violence, 1660-1800. Edited by Anne Greenfield. London 2013: 10)


  The Sentimental (p. 132)
  The Journey (p. 134)
  The Stasis of a Sentimental Journey (p. 135)
  Do No Harm (p. 139)

Wikipedia: Laurence Sterne: A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy