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The Resource Amnesiac selves : nostalgia, forgetting, and British fiction, 1810-1870, Nicholas Dames

Amnesiac selves : nostalgia, forgetting, and British fiction, 1810-1870, Nicholas Dames

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Amnesiac selves : nostalgia, forgetting, and British fiction, 1810-1870
Title
Amnesiac selves
Title remainder
nostalgia, forgetting, and British fiction, 1810-1870
Statement of responsibility
Nicholas Dames
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "With the novelistic achievements of Joyce, Proust, and Woolf in mind, we have come to understand the novel as an art form intimately tied to the impulses and processes of memory, and novel writing as a heroic act of preservation. However, in the Victorian novel, as Nicholas Dames contends in this original study, memory is less a valorized theme than a dilemma or a threat. Based on an investigation of representative British novels during the years 1810-1870, Amnesiac Selves shows that the Victorian novel bears no such secure relation to memory, and, in fact, it tries to hide, evade, and eliminate detailed remembrance. Dames argues that the notable scarcity and distinct unease of representations of recollection in the nineteenth-century novel signal an art form struggling to define and construct new concepts of memory. By placing nineteenth-century British fiction from Jane Austen to Wilkie Collins alongside a wide variety of Victorian psychologies and theories of mind, Dames evokes a novelistic world and a culture engaged in forming a modern nostalgia whose origins our own time has largely forgotten."--Jacket
  • "With the novelistic achievements of Joyce, Proust, and Woolf in mind, we have come to understand the novel as an art form intimately tied to the impulses and processes of memory, and novel writing as a heroic act of preservation. However, in the Victorian novel, as Nicholas Dames contends in this original study, memory is less a valorized theme than a dilemma or a threat. Based on an investigation of representative British novels during the years 1810-1870, Amnesiac Selves shows that the Victorian novel bears no such secure relation to memory, and, in fact, it tries to hide, evade, and eliminate detailed remembrance. Dames argues that the notable scarcity and distinct unease of representations of recollection in the nineteenth-century novel signal an art form struggling to define and construct new concepts of memory. By placing nineteenth-century British fiction from Jane Austen to Wilkie Collins alongside a wide variety of Victorian psychologies and theories of mind, Dames evokes a novelistic world and a culture engaged in forming a modern nostalgia whose origins our own time has largely forgotten."--BOOK JACKET
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DLC
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1970-
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Dames, Nicholas
Dewey number
823/.809353
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR868.A49
LC item number
D36 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • English fiction
  • Amnesia in literature
  • Psychological fiction, English
  • Autobiographical memory in literature
  • Loss (Psychology) in literature
  • Nostalgia in literature
  • Memory in literature
  • Self in literature
Label
Amnesiac selves : nostalgia, forgetting, and British fiction, 1810-1870, Nicholas Dames
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-292) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Austen's nostalgics -- Amnesiac bodies: phrenology, physiognomy, and memory in Charlotte Brontë -- Associated fictions: Dickens, Thackeray, and mid-century fictional autobiography -- The birth of amnesia: Collins, sensation, forgetting -- The unremembered past: Eliot's Romola and amnesiac histories
Control code
45201918
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 298 pages
Isbn
9780195143577
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
00050157
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Amnesiac selves : nostalgia, forgetting, and British fiction, 1810-1870, Nicholas Dames
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-292) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Austen's nostalgics -- Amnesiac bodies: phrenology, physiognomy, and memory in Charlotte Brontë -- Associated fictions: Dickens, Thackeray, and mid-century fictional autobiography -- The birth of amnesia: Collins, sensation, forgetting -- The unremembered past: Eliot's Romola and amnesiac histories
Control code
45201918
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 298 pages
Isbn
9780195143577
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
00050157
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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