The Politics of Pity in Eighteenth-Century Fiction

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 12:00 pm
Center for Legislative Studies (CLS), Auditorium

The eighteenth century witnessed an unprecedented enthusiasm for pity. My presentation will examine the evolution of attitudes towards human suffering in Western Europe before, during, and after the Enlightenment--into the present--through an analysis of the shifting social, cultural and political role of "pity," "compassion," and "sympathy" in literary and philosophical history.

Dr. Chad Loewen-Schmidt, Department of English and Modern Language

Chad Loewen-Schmidt is Assistant Professor of English at Shepherd University. He earned his Ph.D. at Rutgers University and is currently working on a book entitled "The Politics of Pity in Eighteenth-Century Fiction."