• Sympathy and Cosmopolitanism: Affective Limits in Cosmopolitan Reading

    Author(s):
    Katherine Hallemeier (see profile)
    Date:
    2012
    Group(s):
    CLCS 20th- and 21st-Century, CLCS Global Anglophone, LLC 20th- and 21st-Century English and Anglophone
    Subject(s):
    Cosmopolitanism, Affect, Emotions and politics, J.M. Coetzee, Literature and community
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6J38KH4V
    Abstract:
    This paper argues that contemporary understandings of cosmopolitan literature are significantly limited by their dependence on sympathetic attachments as constitutive of cosmopolitan practice. I trace a genealogy of the connection between sympathy, cosmopolitanism, and the novel that extends from Adam Smith and Immanuel Kant to Martha Nussbaum and Kwame Anthony Appiah, in order to contend that contemporary models of cosmopolitan reading rely on problematically normative definitions of the ‘human’. J.M. Coetzee's Boyhood, I propose, suggests an alternative model of cosmopolitan reading that neither equates sympathy with humanity, nor precludes those who ‘feel apart’ from participation in cosmopolitan community.
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