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





ISBN 9781032175867
Published September 30, 2021 by Routledge
228 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

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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.



Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Personal Preface

Introduction

PART ONE

1 Nostalgia: Is It Really Not What It Used To Be?

2 Memory, Nostalgia, Utopia and Time

3 Nostalgia as ‘Gold-bearing Rubble’

PART TWO

Interlude 1 The Hole in the Whole: Utopia Contra Instrumental Reason

4 The ‘Strange Magic’ of Style Rookie and Rookiemag

Interlude 2 A Space Outside: Utopia as Negation

5 Memories of Longing in The Virgin Suicides

Interlude 3 Marshalling the Past: Utopia versus Once Upon a Time

6 Nostalgia in Photographs of Detroit’s ‘Abandoned Spaces’

Conclusion

Bibliography

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Biography

Nicola Sayers recently completed her PhD at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK