The Promise of Nostalgia: Reminiscence, Longing and Hope in Contemporary American Culture

1st Edition

Nicola Sayers

Routledge
November 25, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 240 Pages - 18 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367134983 - CAT# K409657
Series: Routledge Research in Anticipation and Futures

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Summary

The Promise of Nostalgia analyses a range of texts - including The Virgin Suicides, both the novel by Jeffrey Eugenides’ and Sofia Coppola’s screen adaptation, photography of Detroit’s ‘abandoned spaces’, and blogger Tavi Gevinson's media output - to explore nostalgia as a prominent affect in contemporary American cultural production.

Counter to the prevalent caricature of nostalgia as anti-future, the book proposes a more nuanced reading of its stakes and meanings. Instead of understanding it as evidence of the absence of utopia it contends that there is a masked utopian impulse in this nostalgia ‘mode’ and critical potential in what has typically been dismissed as ideological.

This book will be of interest to scholars, graduate students and upper-level undergraduate students interested in contemporary culture, cultural theory, media studies, the Frankfurt School, utopian studies and American literature and culture.

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