Horror, abjection and compassion: from Dunant to compassion fatigue

New Formations - ISSN 0950-2378
Volume 2007 Number 62

Horror, abjection and compassion: from Dunant to compassion fatigue
Bertrand Taithe pages -


Taithe examines the practices of compassion throughout history and suggests their entanglement with the humanitarian narratives that have sustained them. Both emerged in the nineteenth century and have subsequently structured experimentation in the field of semiotics of emotion and the development of humanitarian ideals. With the support of French empirical examples, this article traces the progression of these ideas in Europe since the publication of “Un Souvenir de Solférino” in 1864, suggesting the development of a moral economy of humanitarian love and its quasi-metaphysical dead end in compassion fatigue.

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Bertrand Taithe (2007) Horror, abjection and compassion: from Dunant to compassion fatigue, New Formations, 2007(62), -

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