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Nostalgic Utopia
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0115-4995
2014 (English)In: Utopia: Fourth Bi-annual Conference of the European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies, Helsinki: University of Helsinki , 2014, p. 172-172Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

There is another space/time for longing that we categorize as a utopian, mythical or fictive time outside the temporal reality. In nostalgic utopia we find a sort of pastness as is seen in the biblical paradise with its references to Eden, a Golden Age or an Elysium. In the utopian ideal of the future, an aspect of the virginal dreams of the past always resides, involving a return to myths or a former culture prior to industrialization. Utopian nostalgia then shares much with some of the essentials of nostalgia: a wish for immortality and the disillusionment of the present. Sylvia Mary Darton writes in Nostalgia for Paradise (1965) that the “memory of a ‘lost’ paradise’ has never ceased to haunt the minds of men, arousing in them a mysterious ‘nostalgia’, a longing for some perfection, some happiness, freedom and complete sense of well being of which it feels itself to have been deprived” (13). This urge was strong among modernist writers. This paper will investigate how their nostalgia is attributed to utopian ideals in their usage of symbols that are derived from the different paradise myths: the tree, water, and the garden.

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Helsinki: University of Helsinki , 2014. p. 172-172
Keywords [en]
Utopia, Nostalgia, Modernism, Joyce, Woolf
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General Literature Studies
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Humanities, Comparative literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-36756OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-36756DiVA, id: diva2:743978
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EAM 2014 Conference. Helsinki, 29-31 August 2014
Available from: 2014-09-05 Created: 2014-09-05 Last updated: 2018-08-17Bibliographically approved

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