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This page intentionally left blank a mnesiac selves This page intentionally left blank introduction 8 Reading Nostalgia The Novel is a Death; it transforms life into destiny, a memory into a useful act, duration into an orientated and meaningful time.
Thinking of the act of novel writing, we imagine heroic acts of preservation, and as we conceptualize the act of reading novels, we envision a reader engaged in equally diYcult acts of thematic and structural remembering. Memory, from the social novels of Jane Austen to the sensation novels of Wilkie Collins, is less a valorized theme than a dilemma or a threat, a threat most crucially to the very lessons a novel seeks to impart; the notable absence of explicit remembrance within these texts, as well as the distinct unease surrounding those acts of memory that do occur within them, signals a narrative form struggling to transform the chaos of personal recollection into what is useful, 3 meaningful, able to be applied to the future—into what works.
What remains is the opposite of pure, desultory memory: BoYn gently corrects her: What this logic hinges on is the notion of pleasure: The consolidation of personal memory to the pleasurable only, and the assertion that its opposite is just as naturally forgotten, is one aspect of the genteel dialectic of nostalgia; its necessary complement is a folding back again into forgetting, for once the pleasure of remembering Alice Wilson or, the remembrance of pleasure in Alice Wilson has been announced, that pleasure is replaced by the fact of her actual erasure in the narrative.
No longer necessary for the forward movement of the narrative, her disappearance is explained nostalgically, for nostalgic memory is above all the elision of the unnecessary. The burden of my argument, then, is the following: The nostalgic moment is the sign of a culture freed from its past, freed from consequences and resonances, prepared for the perfections of the future.
These diYculties are meant, however, to propose a sustained argument: Dalloway—ends up demanding a diVerent and experimental kind of narrative coherence, then the Victorian novel must dispense with it. For however much the ensuing study devotes itself to a taxonomy of nineteenth-century narrative and its technical resources for managing memory, the question of the social use and social meaning of nostalgia will remain paramount.
The techniques of nostalgia available to our view in Victorian and pre-Victorian narrative are as well the occasions, and the tactics, of nostalgic memory in a wider cultural frame. The goal of this study, then, is a comprehensive picture of memory in Victorian culture—memory as a cultural fact, necessarily adaptive to social realities—and of the pivotal, even dominant, role of the novel in constructing and propagating the mnemonic strategies of Victorian life.
Therefore this book does not consider the novel in isolation. The bridge between a formal study of novelistic practice and a psychosocial narrative about memory in culture is for the most part supplied by examinations of one of the chief parallel practices to the nineteenth-century novel: For if there is one fact about Victorian memory that my study advances most persistently, it is the sharp diVerence that it maintains, in its emphasis on the generalizable, the vague, the nostalgic, from the epistemes of memory that both preceded and followed it.
However pertinent the diVerences among these instances, they nonetheless present us with a fairly consistent image in one aspect: Any serious study of nineteenth-century psychological work prior to the s must necessarily concern itself with questions from which memory is absent: How, and why, does the mind move from idea to idea?
How are mental tendencies expressed by exterior features of the body? Whereas memory is central to eighteenth-century associationism, and even more crucial for the psychodynamics of Freud, Breuer, Janet, and others, we are faced with a nineteenth-century interregnum that saw recollection as among the least compelling of mental processes.
One further from contemporary psychologies cannot easily be imagined. We make a mistake if we assume that if Victorian psychology and Victorian narrative evaded such subjects as traumatic memory or detailed, chaotic recollection, then the reason is that such a concept was unavailable to them.
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The absence of memory from Victorian psychological thinking must be regarded not as a mistake but as a choice: The sum of all the various micropractices and psychological theories that discounted an active, detailed memory is, of course, nostalgia: The fact to keep in mind is collaboration: No less important, however, will be the spaces in which these languages of time occur: If anything binds the various novels analyzed in this study, it is their presentation of dislocation; and it might be ventured here, at the outset, that dislocation is the dilemma nostalgia is invented to solve.
Thus most of the narratives discussed here will center on movement, usually enforced movement: They all came back to her, the pleasant holidays, the kind faces, the careless, joyful past times; and the long pains and trials that had since cast her down.
She 12 amnesiac selves thought of these and of the man who had been her constant protector, her good genius, her sole benefactor, her tender and generous friend. Objectreappearance, the term I employ for the binding of a narrative through continually reemergent objects, signals a similar washing-out and weighing of the past in the service of a hopefully tidier future.
In the sites of nostalgia—the pressure-points, so to speak, that call it forth—and in the processes it enacts we will see a mnemonic mode that not only exists to heal the dislocations of personal and social experience but that in healing these dislocations often insists on the absolute disconnection of past and present.
For nostalgia there is, literally, no time like the present. Memory, History, Methodology More than perhaps any other object of inquiry, memory today seems to oVer the hope of a common ground between otherwise distinct disciplines. No strong consensus yet exists about the boundaries, forms, and contents of a study of memory, however many diVerent, and compelling, versions of that study may in fact be available to us.
But the datum of individual experience is a notoriously tricky one, and is only part of a larger dynamic between the social forms in which memory can be conceived and the individuals who activate these social forms through particular, discrete acts of remembrance and forgetting.
If individual mnemonic experience is often diYcult to describe, and collective memory diYcult to accurately summarize, nineteenth-century theories of mind have provided me with a useful interpretive model: These taxonomizations are what one might loosely call structural: This approach necessarily leaves open an obvious and pertinent question—what of the content of this supposed nostalgic askesis I ascribe to the nineteenth-century novel?During our time studying William Blake's poetry, I found myself drawn to his unique style and themes, as well as the backstory of Blake himself and how he tied his own experiences to his work.
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