Nostalgia and Recollection in Victorian Culture by A. Colley

By A. Colley

This publication is ready a gaggle of Victorian British writers and artists (Darwin, Stevenson, Gaskell, Ruskin, Pater, Brown and Turner) whose paintings emerges from recollection and whose texts include the event of nostalgia. The learn concentrates at the eager for a prior that traverses the span of those writers' and artists' personal lifetime. It examines their specific adventure of the nostalgic second and offers an social gathering to reconsider the assumption of nostalgia and to mirror at the act of recollection.

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Darwin seems to recognize this reality when he writes about how his geological and natural studies barely enable him to carry the weight of his absence. ' 57 The sense of loss endures. No matter how vividly nostalgia restores by resurrecting the aura of the past and by revitalizing the present, there is no way to eradicate its engagement with what is irrevocably absent. That characteristic of its nature remains and can never be 'revised' or set aside. Notes 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. S. Beagle, ed.

55 Admittedly, sections of Darwin's narrative easily slip into the skeptics' net. For instance, the generalizations about the glories of England with which he closes his narrative are not only sentimental but also self-laudatory. He speaks of the superiority of English ways and congratulates himself that 'I was born an Englishman'. 6 His nostalgia smooths imperialism's roughness. On the other hand, Darwin takes what he learns from nostalgia's custom of comparing the past with the present and of searching for vestiges of the past to help him in his work to 'revolutionize' and 'progress' the course of science.

The circle of her love moves with her. The husband is shielding his wife from the sea spray with an umbrella. , etc. Still further back a reprobate shakes his fist with curses at the land of his birth, as though that were answerable for his want of success; his old mother reproves him for his foul-mouthed profanity, while a boon companion, with flushed countenance, and got up in nautical togs for the voyage, signifies drunken approbation. The cabbages slung round the stern of the vessel indicate, to the practiced eye a lengthy voyage; but for this their introduction would be objectless.

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