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The Theory of Moral Sentiments. My book takes its origin from an examination of the male use of female disguise in traditional popular protest. The former mode of knowing resembles the activities of readers or audience members who view the world as fiction or theater.

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This apartment was no sooner finished, and a proof of it made, than he put to death all the workmen that had been employed in it. The novel undermines order and aesthetic unity. Still, the loss of individuality in the crowd may permit heroic and even moral action, since, when the instinct of self-preservation has been overcome, a sublime disinterestedness sometimes arises.

Journal of a West India Proprietor. He also suggests that the problem can be explained not by larger social forces beyond individual intention but rather by a conspiracy. Cross-dressing represents an especially anxiety-producing phenomenon within the larger category of disguise or fiction. Apart from the excessive quantity of fiction, the novel by its very nature poses a threat to the traditional hierarchy of literary genre. The mode of control is at least as much oral as visual.

Both republicanism and sentimentalism are threatened by forces of dehumanization, which operate through the quantification of persons and the disciplining of bodies into useful machines. The boundaries of gender and race seemed permeable, elastic, and easily transgressed or manipulated.

The problem of social cohesion comes to the fore with the dissolution of the early modern crowd and of what E. Its aims, in many cases, are at least ostensibly the conservative ones of recalling the authorities to their traditional duties. While mobs, especially political mobs, are sometimes bribed or bought, it is more common for leaders to be spontaneously elevated from among the crowd. In the matter of attempting to create a conscience in the members of the Anglo-American crowd, the most important eighteenth-century phenomenon is the rise of Methodism.