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Love's Whipping Boy: Violence and Sentimentality in the American Imagination

Elizabeth Barnes

Abstract

Working to reconcile the Christian dictum to “love one's neighbor as oneself” with evidence of U.S. sociopolitical aggression, including slavery, corporal punishment of children, and Indian removal, this book focuses its attention on aggressors—rather than the weak or abused—to suggest ways of understanding paradoxical relationships between empathy, violence, and religion that took hold so strongly in nineteenth-century American culture. Looking at works by Herman Melville, Frederick Douglass, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Louisa May Alcott, among others, the author shows how violence and sensibili ... More

Keywords: slavery, corporal punishment, Indian removal, empathy, violence, religion, Herman Melville, Frederick Douglass, Nathaniel Hawthorne, sensibility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780807834565
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807877968_barnes

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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Barnes, author

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