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By Nicholas Dames

With Joyce, Proust, and Faulkner in brain, now we have come to appreciate the unconventional as a kind with intimate ties to the impulses and procedures of reminiscence. This research contends that this universal belief is an anachronism that distorts our view of the unconventional. according to an research of consultant novels, Amnesiac Selves indicates that the Victorian novel bears no such safe relation to reminiscence, and, in truth, it attempts to conceal, sidestep, and do away with remembering. Dames argues that the awesome shortage and special unease of representations of remembrance within the nineteenth-century British novel sign an artwork shape suffering to outline and build new strategies of reminiscence. via putting nineteenth-century British fiction from Jane Austen to Wilkie Collins along a large choice of Victorian psychologies and theories of brain, Nicholas Dames inspires a novelistic global, and a tradition, ahead of sleek memory--one devoted to a nostalgic evasion of certain recollection which our time has mostly forgotten.

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The third alteration of the old nostalgic narrative, then, is the switch from a memory that is still very much constitutive of a patient’s identity to one that is crucially obsolete, disconnected, and distant from a nowhealthy, depathologized subjectivity. Clearly part of the diVerence consists in the absence, in Austen, of any explicitly national dimension to this subjectivity. Hamilton’s patient is still, and continually, a Welshman; Coleridge is still and forever English, however immersed in German culture austen’s nostalgics 37 and acquaintances he may become.

The adieu is charity itself. But think no more of the letter. The feelings of austen’s nostalgics 25 the person who wrote, and the person who received it, are now so widely diVerent from what they were then, that every unpleasant circumstance attending it, ought to be forgotten. You must learn some of my philosophy. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure. 6 Unlike Marianne’s backward-turned pathology, Elizabeth’s therapeutic advice asserts the crucial principle of disconnection: the past, once gone, is of no further consequence, and because it is of no consequence, it can be forgotten.

In this passage from a pathology to a general cultural category medicine itself is only part of the story; what it is necessary to chart is the passage of nostalgia through literary representation, through the novel, on its path to becoming innocuous, inescapable, normative. It is in Austen’s work that we can best detect this conceptual shift taking place. 5 Austen’s publishing career begins with Marianne Dashwood, who, as we have seen, courts memory, and who suVers through a wasting disease brought on by an excess of regret and reminiscence.

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