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Tradition, Translation, TraumaThe Classic and the Modern$
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Jan Parker and Timothy Mathews

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199554591

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199554591.001.0001

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Modernism’s Nostalgics, Nostalgia’s Modernity

Modernism’s Nostalgics, Nostalgia’s Modernity

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Tradition, Translation, Trauma

George Rousseau

Oxford University Press

This chapter contextualizes the understanding of nostalgia and the ways of constructing its pathology, from the Enlightenment to the post-Romantic. It reveals the way in which thought on the pathology of nostalgia is itself a transitional stage in the psychiatry of trauma. It shows that trauma develops and disrupts the logic of psychiatry in the conceptualization of nostalgia. Nostalgia ceases to be organic, a malaise to be treated in its physiology. From its construction in the Enlightenment as a condition with no memory but placed in the body, it becomes in the Romantic period a condition of memory but with no place. The passage from nostalgia to trauma builds on this loss of the somatic symptom.

Keywords:   nostalgia, trauma, Modernism, memory, psychology, pathology

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