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Once Upon a Time: Nostalgic Narratives in Transition
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages. (LNUC Intermedial and multimodal studies, IMS)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0115-4995
City University of Hong Kong, China;University of Oulu, Finland.
2018 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The past has never seemed further away. The many tomorrows inherent in every new technology, product, and digitally mediated event drive us further away from our collective and individual histories. Yet our present seems nonetheless stubbornly rooted in the past, a past that has been dying very slowly for a very long time. Nostalgia, then, appears

increasingly to be a modality with major potential for understanding how our now is shaped by our then, both individually and collectively. The past may be a foreign country but it is also inescapably our homeland, the place from which we attempt to emigrate but return to again and again is a series of personal and cultural nostalgic voyages which shape the line and weight of our own times and places. From the cinema to the TV screen, from the pages of the latest best-selling novel to the lines of the obscure academic poet, the powerful emotional and intellectual impact of the set of emotions, ideas, and associations linked to nostalgia are critical compositional devices.

To ignore this element of our aesthetic culture, or to condemn it outright as politically naïve and intellectually regressive, would be to miss, and thus misread, substantial portions of contemporary culture. Nostalgia and the nostalgic analysis of cultural products have enormous potential to help us understand the present.

This anthology explores narratives in the spirit of a nostalgic methodology, thus revealing unexpected and unfamiliar aesthetic and political dimensions of our present moment’s diverse transient textual communications. The collection includes nostalgic analyses of the life writing of Vladimir Nabokov and Orhan Pamuk, transnational and transracial adoption narratives, the poetry of Tony Harrison and Lars Gustafsson, nostalgic representations of Europe by American artists such as Mary Maxwell and Woody Allen, contemporary nostalgic commemorations of The First World War, Fred Boot’s musical Soldier of Orange, Karl Ove Knausgård’s My Struggle, the Harry Potter series, and two seminal nostalgic films from the 1970s, American Graffiti and The Last Picture Show.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Trolltrumma Academia , 2018. , p. 142
Keywords [en]
nostalgia, fiction, film, World War 1, transnational adoption narratives, life writing, Tony Harrison, Lars Gustafsson, Mary Maxwell, musical, Knausgård, Harry Potter, American Graffiti, The Last Picture Show
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General Literature Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Comparative literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-74770Libris ID: 22700886ISBN: 9789198392944 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-74770DiVA, id: diva2:1211597
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Nostalgia in Contemporary European Culture
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Swedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2018-05-31 Created: 2018-05-31 Last updated: 2019-07-30Bibliographically approved

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