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- DescriptionReferred to long ago as a disease of Swiss soldiers and Highland regiments far from home, stalgia became kwn in the 1920s as more of a fleeting rather than debilitating condition. Yet, what caused this shift in our collective understanding of the term? In Nostalgia in Transition, 1780-1917 , Linda M. Austin traces the development of stalgia from a memory disorder in the eighteenth century to its modern formulation as a pleasant recreational distraction. Offering a paradigm for and analysis of stalgic memory as it operates in various attempts to reenact the past, Austin explains both the early and the modern understanding of this phemen. Beginning with an account of stalgia's transformation from an acute form of melancholia and homesickness into elegiac expression and idyllic representation, Austin goes on to examine an array of texts, from poetic meditations on stalgia in the first half of the nineteenth century to the popular adult souvenirs of childhood in the second half. She shows how, in vels by Hardy; in elegies and lyrics by Arld, Tennyson, and Emily Bronte; in illustrations by Kate Greenaway and Helen Allingham; and in late Victorian cultural histories of the cottage, stalgia acts as a collective, rather than an individual reenactment of an invented, rather than a remembered, past or place. For students and scholars interested in the Victorian era, as well as in Romanticism and modernism, Nostalgia in Transition provides a well-rounded perspective on how and why our understanding of stalgia has changed over time.
- Author BiographyLinda M. Austin is Professor of English at Oklahoma State University.
- Author(s)Linda M. Austin
- PublisherUniversity of Virginia Press
- Date of Publication15/02/2007
- SubjectLiterary Studies: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Place of PublicationCharlottesville
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Virginia Press
- Content Note4 b&w illustrations
- Weight503 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
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