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Nostalgia and the Renaissance Romance

From: Philosophy and Literature
Volume 34, Number 2, October 2010
pp. 281-301 | 10.1353/phl.2010.0001



Nostalgia expresses a mind state saturated with emotion, an enduring appetite, adaptive and presumed beneficial when it does not paralyze agency in the real social world. The endeavours of romance are suffused with this abiding and guiding undercurrent—a matter of destiny and a matter of volition combined. Hence the link between genre and the phylogenetic and instinctual orientation toward home, particularly as it is represented in the romance-inspired stories of the Renaissance.