Childhood and Loss in Early Modern Life Writing

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Hodgkin, K. 2017. Childhood and Loss in Early Modern Life Writing. Parergon. 33 (2), pp. 115-134.
AuthorsHodgkin, K.
Abstract

Memories of childhood seldom appear in early modern life writing, and nostalgia is
not a primary mode of recollection. Where childhood does figure, it is often troubled:
difficult memories, of loss, death, and displacement, make themselves insistently felt.
However, nostalgia registers not only idealisation, but also a sense of connection to
a continuingly resonant past. This article considers the representation of childhood
memory in six seventeenth-century narratives, examining how these texts negotiate
a relation to the past, and tracing elements of the emotional structures of nostalgia
in early modern subjects.

JournalParergon
Journal citation33 (2), pp. 115-134
ISSN1832-8334
0313-6221
Year2017
PublisherANZAMEMS (Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies)
Publisher's version
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1353/pgn.2016.0078
Publication dates
Online25 Mar 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited24 May 2017
Accepted22 Sep 2016
Accepted20 Sep 2016
Copyright information© 2016 The author.
LicenseAll rights reserved
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