Cultural and Political Nostalgia in the Age of Terror: The Melancholic Sublime

1st Edition

Matthew Leggatt

Routledge
Published November 17, 2017
Reference - 156 Pages
ISBN 9781138220997 - CAT# Y307716
Series: Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies

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Summary

This book re-examines the role of the sublime across a range of disparate cultural texts, from architecture and art, to literature, digital technology, and film, detailing a worrying trend towards nostalgia and arguing that, although the sublime has the potential to be the most powerful uniting aesthetic force, it currently spreads fear, violence, and retrospection. In exploring contemporary culture, this book touches on the role of architecture to provoke feelings of sublimity, the role of art in the aftermath of destructive events, literature’s establishment of the historical moment as a point of sublime transformation and change, and the place of nostalgia and the returning of past practices in digital culture from gaming to popular cinema.

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