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Glossary of Literary Theory
by Greig E. Henderson and Christopher Brown


A feeling for others; an identification with the interests and fortunes of another human being, a character in literature, or any animate or inanimate object which one's imagination endows with human attributes. This alliance or identification stops short of the complete identification with the thing itself that empathy (Einfühlung, or "feeling into") implies. (See also Empathy.)

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