Fictive Domains: Body, Landscape, and Nostalgia, 1717-1770

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Bucknell University Press, 2007 - 191 pages
The focus of this book is the period 1717-1770, during which nostalgia was just beginning to emerge as a cultural concept. Utilizing psychoanalysis, feminist, and materialist theories, this book examines representations of bodies and landscapes in the cultural production of the early- to mid-eighteenth century. With considerable social anxiety surrounding changes in the structure of the family, the control of bodies within the family, and ownership and access to the land, nostalgia generated narratives that became the richly textured novels and long poems of the eighteenth century. In Samuel Richardson's Clarissa, or the History of a Young Lady (1747-48), social anxieties are played out on the body of Clarissa Harlowe; female passion is controlled in Pope's Eloisa to Abelard (1717), and Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Julie, ou la Nouvelle Heloise (1761);

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Acknowledgments 93
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Nostalgia and the Body
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Desire Body and Landscape in Popes Eloisa to Abelard
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