75) This erasure of guilty adults who exploit young criminals' hunger and poverty is a telling silence; including them would have heightened the sentimentalization
of Jack as a poor boy living a difficult life on the streets, and so strengthened Defoe's reformist cause of charity schools.
While much of antebellum sentimentalism held a "preoccupation with death," this particular sketch offers a humorous take on such obsessions, which were still "under the influence of grim Puritan ideas of death" (42), and Hawthorne [repeatedly illustrates] the era's sentimentalization
and domestication of death" (38).
During the nineteenth century, however, broadsheet and street ballads were subjected to a regime of sexual sanitation and sentimentalization
An example of the latter can be traced in the essay The long arm of the small town: here, Lewis describes the life of the boys who lived in such a place as the American small town, but in Schorer's (1961: 8) view this description implied a "sad sentimentalization
of the life of the boy who left it, who made it famous, and who never left it.
sentiment, including the traditional sentimentalization
of women and
which involves our society's recuperation and sentimentalization
of a moment in its own history of four hundred or so years ago.
She explores the "unhappy effects of happiness" (2) when she considers "feminist critiques of figure of 'the happy housewife,' black critiques of the myth of 'the happy slave,' and queer critiques of the sentimentalization
of heterosexuality as 'domestic bliss'" (2): happiness can be used to oppress individuals and to enforce social norms.
Stanford, writing in the wake of the civil-rights movement and the counterculture's interest in folk revival and songs of political protest, complicates Fiedler's notion of "unspoken" or naive sentimentalization
of interracial bonding, in his self-conscious conflation of Francis's white body with that of his black beloved: "we are / one person getting up and going outside naked as a blue jay rolling our bellies / at the moon.
This passage effectively precludes sentimentalization
of this community twice: first, rejecting the pastoral by emphasizing the difficulty and unpleasantness of the labor required to live there, and second, refusing romanticization of the community by reminding the audience of the violence wrought by the central characters.
Such guides focus on ethical, developmental, and narrative issues, such as age appropriateness, problems of upbeat happy endings, sentimentalization
, and platitudinal messages.
In Joan Didion's famous description of New York's "insistent sentimentalization
of experience," she claimed it involved a century-old "distortion and flattening of character and the reduction of events to narrative.
Rousseau's radical views on education are important here, but no more so than the sentimentalization
of children--something characteristic of the culture of Sensibility--and a form of neostoicism visible in Mackenzie and Montengon.