Suicide notes and popular sensibility in the eighteenth-century British press

Parisot, Eric (2014) Suicide notes and popular sensibility in the eighteenth-century British press. Eighteenth Century Studies, 47 3: 277-291. doi:10.1353/ecs.2014.0016

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Author Parisot, Eric
Title Suicide notes and popular sensibility in the eighteenth-century British press
Journal name Eighteenth Century Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0013-2586
Publication date 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1353/ecs.2014.0016
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Volume 47
Issue 3
Start page 277
End page 291
Total pages 15
Place of publication Baltimore, MD, United States
Publisher The Johns Hopkins University Press
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
By the mid-eighteenth century, the suicide note had emerged in Britain as a powerful literary tool in the secularization of self-murder. The increasing publication of such notes in the popular press afforded suicides a final and very public opportunity for self-fashioning. This essay draws upon examples (from the mid-century to the publication of Goethe’s Werther in Britain) to examine the ways suicidal authors drew upon and instigated networks of popular sensibility as part of this process, publicly exposing the duality of sensibility (as both moral faculty and a pathological condition) and its potential social implications when circulated via the press.
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