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Bringing Nostalgia Home: Switzerland and the Swiss Chalet

Bringing Nostalgia Home: Switzerland and the Swiss Chalet AbstractThis article presents an interpretation of nostalgia in which it is traced back to its original meaning as an emotion concerned not with time, but with place, the Alpine mountains of Switzerland, which in the early nineteenth century became associated with notions of the medieval past. With recourse to nineteenth-century anthropological theories of cultural evolution, an attempt is made to explain the term’s shift in meaning. Nostalgia, as an emotion glorifying authenticity, was and still is propelled by imagery created in a wide variety of media. It found early and long-lasting expression in the international popularity of the Swiss chalet. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architecture and Culture Taylor & Francis

Bringing Nostalgia Home: Switzerland and the Swiss Chalet

Architecture and Culture , Volume 6 (2): 24 – May 4, 2018

Bringing Nostalgia Home: Switzerland and the Swiss Chalet

Architecture and Culture , Volume 6 (2): 24 – May 4, 2018

Abstract

AbstractThis article presents an interpretation of nostalgia in which it is traced back to its original meaning as an emotion concerned not with time, but with place, the Alpine mountains of Switzerland, which in the early nineteenth century became associated with notions of the medieval past. With recourse to nineteenth-century anthropological theories of cultural evolution, an attempt is made to explain the term’s shift in meaning. Nostalgia, as an emotion glorifying authenticity, was and still is propelled by imagery created in a wide variety of media. It found early and long-lasting expression in the international popularity of the Swiss chalet.

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Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
ISSN
2050-7836
eISSN
2050-7828
DOI
10.1080/20507828.2018.1477672
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Abstract

AbstractThis article presents an interpretation of nostalgia in which it is traced back to its original meaning as an emotion concerned not with time, but with place, the Alpine mountains of Switzerland, which in the early nineteenth century became associated with notions of the medieval past. With recourse to nineteenth-century anthropological theories of cultural evolution, an attempt is made to explain the term’s shift in meaning. Nostalgia, as an emotion glorifying authenticity, was and still is propelled by imagery created in a wide variety of media. It found early and long-lasting expression in the international popularity of the Swiss chalet.

Journal

Architecture and CultureTaylor & Francis

Published: May 4, 2018

Keywords: Swiss cottage; primitive hut; neo-gothic; Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Julie; Johanna Spyri’s Heidi; homesickness; Fernweh; cultural evolutionism

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