Future of Nostalgia

Future of Nostalgia

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by Svetlana Boym
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0465007082

ISBN-13: 9780465007080

Pub. Date: 04/28/2002

Publisher: Basic Books

Combining personal memoir, philosophical essay, and historical analysis, Svetlana Boym explores the spaces of collective nostalgia that connect national biography and personal self-fashioning in the twenty-first century. She guides us through the ruins and construction sites of post-communist cities-St. Petersburg, Moscow, Berlin, and Prague-and the imagined

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Combining personal memoir, philosophical essay, and historical analysis, Svetlana Boym explores the spaces of collective nostalgia that connect national biography and personal self-fashioning in the twenty-first century. She guides us through the ruins and construction sites of post-communist cities-St. Petersburg, Moscow, Berlin, and Prague-and the imagined homelands of exiles-Benjamin, Nabokov, Mandelstahm, and Brodsky. From Jurassic Park to the Totalitarian Sculpture Garden, Boym unravels the threads of this global epidemic of longing and its antidotes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465007080
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
610,974
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction: Taboo on Nostalgia?xiii
Part 1Hypochondria of the Heart: Nostalgia, History and Memory
1From Cured Soldiers to Incurable Romantics: Nostalgia and Progress3
2The Angel of History: Nostalgia and Modernity19
3The Dinosaur: Nostalgia and Popular Culture33
4Restorative Nostalgia: Conspiracies and Return to Origins41
5Reflective Nostalgia: Virtual Reality and Collective Memory49
6Nostalgia and Post-Communist Memory57
Part 2Cities and Re-Invented Traditions
7Archeology of Metropolis75
8Moscow, the Russian Rome83
9St. Petersburg, the Cosmopolitan Province121
10Berlin, the Virtual Capital173
11Europa's Eros219
Part 3Exiles and Imagined Homelands
12On Diasporic Intimacy251
13Vladimir Nabokov's False Passport259
14Joseph Brodsky's Room and a Half285
15Ilya Kabakov's Toilet309
16Immigrant Souvenirs327
17Aesthetic Individualism and the Ethics of Nostalgia337
Conclusion: Nostalgia and Global Culture: From Outer Space to Cyberspace345
Notes357
Index391

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Future of Nostalgia 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This is an interesting book for anyone who wonders about why people always talk about 'the way things used to be' even though half of them didn't even experience it for themselves. The world today is so concerned with nostalgia that it overruns our daily operations and makes it nearly impossible to prepare for the future -- and that's what this book dives into headfirst. It's intellectually written, and although it becomes a little repetitive at some points, it covers almost every angle imaginable with research to back up nearly every word or opinion. It's easy to see why this book was never a bestseller, though -- people are way too into their deep-rooted sentiments with nostalgia to even consider that they might be counter-productive. This book is recommended if you don't consider yourself one of the aforementioned, or you're just sick of everyone talking about how much better it used to be when it could easily be the same now if everyone would stop complaining.