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Sentimental Fiction and Social Reform

Lecture no. 5 from the course: Great American Short Stories: A Guide for Writers and Readers

Sentimental Fiction and Social Reform

Taught by Professor Jennifer Cognard-Black | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses

Can stories change the way we look at the world? In the mid-19th century, many Americans believed you could use fiction to shape public opinion and morality. Look at the tradition of sentimental fiction and the writers that mastered the tools of emotion and empathy, focusing especially on the ways women contributed to the field.


October 10, 2019