Childhood and Loss in Early Modern Life Writing


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

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.

Journal citation33 (2), pp. 115-134
PublisherANZAMEMS (Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies)
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Online25 Mar 2017
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Deposited24 May 2017
Accepted22 Sep 2016
Accepted20 Sep 2016
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