Chapter 36. Nostalgia

  1. Claudia L. Johnson Chair and
  2. Clara Tuite Senior Lecturer
  1. Nicholas Dames

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch36

A Companion to Jane Austen

A Companion to Jane Austen

How to Cite

Dames, N. (2009) Nostalgia, in A Companion to Jane Austen (eds C. L. Johnson and C. Tuite), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch36

Editor Information

  1. University of Melbourne, Australia

Author Information

  1. Theodore Kahan Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 2 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405149099

Online ISBN: 9781444305968



  • nostalgia;
  • in William Austen-Leigh and Richard Arthur Austen-Leigh's 1913 Life and Letters;
  • Jane Austen fainted upon learning that her family was relocating from Steventon - her childhood home in Hampshire, to Bath, 70 miles and a lifetime away;
  • The mystery surrounding Austen's reaction to this sudden alteration of her living arrangement – her first real moment of leaving home;
  • tracing this connection requires turning back to the central question posed by both Austen's nineteenth-century nostalgic admirers and her contemporary denostalgizing critics


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Further Reading