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Sentimentality

Checkers
dog given as gift to Nixon; used in his defense of political contributions during presidential campaign (1952). [Am. Hist.: Wallechinsky, 126]
Dondi
comic strip in which sentimentality is the main motif. [Comics: Horn, 217–218]
Fauntleroy, Little Lord
impossibly kind and unselfish child is loved by all and reforms selfish grandfather. [Am. Lit.: Benét, 591]
Five Little Peppers
saccharine story of five orphans. [Am. Lit.: Harriet Lothrop Five Little Peppers and How They Grew in Hart, 495]
Goody Two Shoes
mawkish girl, overpleased to have two shoes, exclaims her fortune to all. [Nurs. Rhyme: “Little Goody Two Shoes” in Barnhart, 502]
Hardy, Andy
protagonist of 1930s series of sentimental “family” movies. [Am. Cinema: Griffith, 300]
Little Nell
death scene of sweet child epitomizes sentimentality. [Br. Lit.: Old Curiosity Shop]
Mary Magdalene
portrayed traditionally in art as weeping; whence, maudlin. [Art: Misc.]
Orsino
plays role of languishing lover. [Br. Lit.: Twelfth Night]
Sentimental Tommy
forever playing the hero, he fails to be the faithful lover and husband of his adoring Grizel. [Br. Lit.: J. M. Barrie Sentimental Tommy in Benét, 914]
sob sister
journalist who handles advice to lovelorn column. [Am. Journalism: Brewer Dictionary, 1016]
Sweet Adeline
tune of a man’s former romance, usually sung in barbershop harmony. [Am. Music: Hart, 823]
Waltons, The
television show of depression-era America softened by nostalgia. [TV: Terrace, II, 418–419]
Werther
artistic young man whose ultra-romantic life is filled with hopeless passions. [Ger. Lit.: The Sorrows of Young Werther in Magill I, 915]
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Daniels shows that excess sentimentality produces bad parenting, bad educational policies, and improper public policy especially in law enforcement.
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Pastoral settings have always been especially prone to sentimentality.
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Complaint: The Unfinished Business of Sentimentality in American Culture (Duke 2008), brought the discussion full-circle by moving beyond the by now well-known complaints about sentimentality to understand more fully the kind of political and affective work it does and therefore account for its astounding durability.
But sentimentality also carries the connotation of falseness or phoniness.
underlies the frequent interpretation of sentimentality as a species of
Wu handles the shift from sentimentality to annoyance to lust and back to annoyance with enviable aplomb and not a small amount of humor.
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