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This study contends that this common perception is an anachronism that distorts our view of the novel. Based on an investigation ofrepresentative novels, Amnesiac Selves shows that the Victorian novel bears no such secure relation to memory, and, in fact, it tries to hide, evade, and eliminate remembering. Dames argues that the notable scarcity and distinct unease of representations of remembrance in the nineteenth-centuryBritish novel signal an art form struggling to define and construct new concepts of memory.

By placing nineteenth-century British fiction from Jane Austen to Wilkie Collins alongside a wide variety of Victorian psychologies and theories of mind, Nicholas Dames evokes a novelistic world, and aculture, before modern memory--one dedicated to a nostalgic evasion of detailed recollection which our time has largely forgotten. About The Author. Nicholas Dames is at Columbia University. Select Parent Grandparent Teacher Kid at heart. Age of the child I gave this to:.

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Your review has been submitted and will appear here shortly. Extra Content. Editorial Reviews "Amnesiac Selves is an insightful book, and its insights are important. Nicholas Dames develops in this helpful volume a revisionist view of memory in the early Victorian novel, a view so innovative it not only illuminates our modern perspective of the Victorian mental landscape, it reshapesit This careful study deserves reading.

Even if you don't agree as enthusiastically as I do with Nicholas Dames' analysis of Victorian views of memory from through , I will be surprised if those views don't stimulate review of your personal world view.


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If the way we remember the pastmatters, Amnesiac Selves Dames demonstrates the crucial role that novels played in forming a habit of diluting remembrance into secure, sentimental, and above all communal memories, habits that live on in the nostalgia still felt by their readers.

In tracing the formative nostalgias of canonical British fiction, this study recalls for us what these novels so often ask us to forget.

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Provocative and original, Amnesiac Selves constitutes a major advance in studies of Victorian culture and literature. Amnesiac Selves is a highly intelligent, stimulating work, which will keep readers in constant dialogue. Dames is a skilful close reader of texts, and moves deftly between individual analysis and general claim.

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