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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.
All the strategies of marginalization and "sentimentality" are made clear in the ways cultural commentators have approached de Castro's poetry.
Though a good deal of what these scholars say accords with the fact that 'sentimental' was used as an insult in debates about humanitarian issues, it is ultimately misleading to speak of a feminisation of sentimentality. For a start, it encourages us to overstate the limitations imposed on men when it came to their consumption of romantic novels, melodramas, and pathetic ballads.
These treat a range of genres (novel, slave narrative, memoir, poetry) from the post-Revolutionary era through the post-Civil War era to push hard on the now critical commonplace that sentimentality plays a key role in the constitution and reproduction of American identity.
This is a sweet scene: earlier there is talk of a "comb harvested from wooden hives" and "a jar of honey which was set in our window." The ingredients for sentimentality are present--mother, kitchen, honey, childhood--but Braden undercuts an easy reading by following that "only memory operates in such a way." His final lines further refine this moment:
Sentimentality rating: 6 Longevity rating: 7 LAURYN HILL - TO ZION In 1997, Hill released her solo debut album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill; one of the standout tracks was this tribute to her son.
In the face of her desire to make her contemporaries think and act in response to the pressing problems of her day, Barrett Browning's use of passionate feeling, religion, and other aspects of sentimentality seems entirely appropriate.
The result is deeply effecting, skirting sentimentality, but not quite falling into it, but tugging at heartstrings nonetheless.
Them." Leonard Cassuto s Hard-Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Stories answers this question by identifying sentimentality as the buried topos of the crime novel and by implication its descendant, the television crime serial.
RUGBY UNION: Retiring Wasps captain Lawrence Dallaglio is driven by a desire for silverware rather than sentimentality as he gears up for the last great challenge of his glittering career.
Novelist John Irving in an essay titled "In Defense of Sentimentality" asks: "When we writers in our own work escape the slur of sentimentality, we should ask ourselves if what we are doing matters....