The Future Of Nostalgia by Svetlana Boym

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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.
 

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Boym is professor of Slavic and comparative literatures at Harvard University.
 
Published August 5, 2008 by Basic Books. 444 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Political & Social Sciences, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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The book's third and final section examines the work of Nabokov, Brodsky and other artists whom Boym calls, in her most useful contribution to critical vocabulary, ""off-modern."" Neither modern nor postmodern, these artists (and their ranks include such odd ducks from the last century as Igor St...

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Modern objectivity is not something in which Boym has a great deal of faith, and her essays reflect her veiled conservatism when it comes to the limited pleasures that nostalgia, particularly this type of unsolicited nostalgia, bears for present-day millennium dwellers.

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She identifies two main tropes of the modern condition, "restorative nostalgia" and "reflective nostalgia," though she recognizes these as simply tendencies along a continuum.

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A strong engagement with cultural studies marks this second unit of the book, "Cities and Reinvented Traditions," with vignettes from Ljubljana and Prague and with fuller accounts of recent monumental projects and countercultural events in Berlin, Moscow, and, most of all, the author's former hom...

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A strong engagement with cultural studies marks this second unit of the book, "Cities and Reinvented Traditions," with vignettes from Ljubljana and Prague and with fuller accounts of recent monumental projects and countercultural events in Berlin, Moscow, and, most of all, the author's former hom...

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