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The Meanings of Sensibility

The Meanings of Sensibility

Chapter:
(p.62) Chapter 2 The Meanings of Sensibility
Source:
Abigail and John Adams
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226037448.003.0003

This chapter, which describes the conventional meanings of the language of sensibility held by John and Abigail Adams, their circle and other Americans, analyzes the Adamses' view on the effects of reading and writing on persons of sensibility, and the meanings that they gave to individual terms signifying the culture of sensibility. It also discusses the concept of impressions, nonverbal signs of sensibility, and the limit of sentimental language.

Keywords:   language of sensibility, John Adams, Abigail Adams, reading, writing, culture of sensibility, impressions, nonverbal signs, sentimental language

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