New Books in the Arts & Sciences

Celebrating Recent Work by Thomas Dodman

Wednesday, January 17, 2018  6:00pm Maison Francaise East Gallery, Buell Hall

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New Books in the Arts & Sciences—panel discussions celebrating recent work by the Columbia Faculty.

What Nostalgia Was: War, Empire, and the Time of a Deadly Emotion​
by: Thomas Dodman

From the late 17th through the late 19th century, nostalgia denoted a form of homesickness so extreme that it could sometimes be deadly. What Nostalgia Was unearths that history. Thomas Dodman traces the invention of nostalgia as a medical diagnosis in Basel, Switzerland, its spread through the European republic of letters and into Napoleon's armies, its subsequent transformation from a medical term to a more expansive cultural concept, and its shift in meaning in the colonies, where Frenchmen worried about racial and cultural mixing came to view moderate homesickness as salutary. Thomas Dodman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of French. David Bell is a Professor of History at Princeton.  Emmanuelle Saada is an Associate Professor of History and French at Columbia.

Participants

  • Author

    Thomas Dodman

    Assistant Professor of French

    Columbia University

  • Speaker

    David Bell

    Professor

    Princeton University

  • Speaker

    Emmanuelle Saada

    Associate Professor of French and Romance Philology; Director of the Center for French and Francophone Studies

    Columbia University

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