Jonathan Lamb, Scorbutic Nostalgia

Jonathan Lamb, Vanderbilt University
Jonathan Lamb, Vanderbilt University
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Saturday, November 16, 2013

1:30 pm

Towner Fellows Lounge

Jonathan Lamb, Vanderbilt University

Nostalgia at sea, sometimes called calenture, is a desire to return home so powerful that the victim is overwhelmed by hallucinations of pastoral landscapes into which s/he leaps, with fatal results. In cases of scurvy, this kind of nostalgia was common, often accompanied by vivid mirages of food, water, or home that caused the victim to weep when they proved impossible to reach or consume. This paper explores the connections between these two kinds of nostalgia, and asks what relation to history or memory they exhibit, or whether perhaps they are not the result of a morbid excitement of the nerves and the imagination.

A reception will follow the seminar.

Learn more about the speaker: Jonathan Lamb, Vanderbilt University

Download a printable PDF flyer to post and distribute.

Organized by Timothy Campbell, University of Chicago; Lisa A. Freeman, University of Illinois at Chicago; John Shanahan, DePaul University; and Helen Thompson, Northwestern University.

Faculty and graduate students of Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for travel funds to attend CRS programs or to do research at the Newberry. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines; contact your Representative Council member in advance for details.

Learn more about the Center for Renaissance Studies’ Eighteenth-Century Seminar.

Cost and registration information: 

This program is free and open to the public.