Nostalgia, homesickness and emotional formation on the eighteenth-century Grand Tour

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Nostalgia and homesickness were well-known eighteenth-century ailments. Undertaking protracted travels, Grand Tourists were potential sufferers, yet these emotional afflictions are absent from the Tour's lengthy lists of hazards. Querying this and applying history of emotions approaches to the histories of the Tour, masculinity and the family, this article examines how Tourists and tutors navigated nostalgia and homesickness as emotions that sat uneasily with the Tour's wider aims of masculine formation. Such investigations offer a means of unpicking the complex, contradictory demands placed on young gentlemen during their emotional formation. Through this, it contributes to wider reconsiderations of eighteenth-century masculinity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-360
Number of pages28
JournalCultural and Social History
Issue number3
Early online date19 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • history of emotion
  • nostalgia
  • homesickness
  • masculinity
  • grand tour


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