John Hinde Postcard / by Angela Halliday

Photograph of a John Hinde postcard

If during the first few decades of the nineteenth century this medicalized nostalgia begins to disappear from scientific study, and homesickness ceases to be a pathologized concept, something has operated to reclaim nostalgia as a social process and a desirable bit of mental furniture – to depathologize and then propagate a new nostalgia. If nostalgia is transformed from a wasting illness, one with its own etiology, symptoms, and set of cures, to a regular fact of human memory, the open question is: where might we locate the pivot of this transformation in time and cultural space?[1]

 

[1] Nicholas Dames, ‘Austen’s Nostalgics’, Representations, vol. 73, (2001), pp. 117-143.