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Remembering The Railway: Locating Nostalgia In Wordsworth's 'Suggested By The Proposed Kendal And Windermere Railway' And The Creation Of The Musée D'orsay, Rachael Curzons

Although not immediately apparent, the relationship between a sonnet written by the Poet Laureate at Rydal Mount, England, and a train station designed and built five decades later in Paris, France, delineates the polyvalence of nostalgia. By depicting, via the two artefacts, the shifting nostalgia of a Victorian collective consciousness, this article thus intends to explore interactions with the railway that provoked and evoked emotional reactions. It has been argued that ‘in a little over a generation…[the railway had] introduced a new system of behaviour: not only of travel and communication, but of thought, of feeling, of expectation.’ 1 This article explores the way that this ‘new system’ constitutes a dual nostalgic gaze that looks both to the past and to the future.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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