How I Feel your Pain Lessing’s Mitleid | , Goethe’s Anagnorisis | , and Fontane’s Quiet Sadism

The paper considers two fundamentally different strategies of empathy. The first model assumes that similarity, be it a given similarity (Lessing) or a spontaneous commonality (Goethe, Iphigenia in Tauris), serves as a medium between people. The second model of realism views empathy as an invocation...

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Published in:Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte, Vol. 82, No. 3 (2008), p. 400-423
Main Author: Breithaupt, Fritz
Format: electronic Article
Language:English
ISSN:2365-9521
Item Description:1 This essay has had the benefits of many fruitful discussions with friends and colleagues. My particular thanks go to Michael Auer, Ryan Bond, Claudia Breger, Rüdiger Campe, Michel Chaouli, Jonathan Elmer, Eva Geulen, Carol Jacobs, John Lyon, Karl-Heinz Maurer, Helmut J. Schneider, Elliott Schreiber, Brian Tucker, Johannes Turk, Dror Wahrman, Christian Weber, and Marc Weiner, the participants of the Narrative Identification conference, my colleagues of the Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies, audiences at Yale and Michigan, and the editors of the Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift.
Physical Description:Online-Ressource
DOI:10.1007/BF03374709
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