I like reading it for its style. I give it 5 stars for its scholarship. I disliked it for its politics, that in a very subtle way embraces Trumpism in a Harvard style. However, I am not sure of its content and the kind of politics the book backs. She writes about nostalgia in great detail.
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The nostalgic feels stifled within the conventional confines of time and space. To ask other readers questions about The Future of Nostalgiaplease sign up. See Fred Davis, Yearning for Yesterday: As this eye for significant visual detail indicates, the sensibility that informs The Future of Nostalgia futire well beyond narrowly literary issues and their theoretical offshoots. Nostalgia speaks in riddles tye puzzles, trespassing across the boundaries between disciplines and national territories.
Petersburg, Moscow, Berlin, and Prague—and the imagined homelands of 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.
Jan 09, Julie rated it really liked it. Sep 27, e smith rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Cheryl rated it really liked it Oct 13, In a Russian commander, disgusted with the debilitating homesickness rampant among his troops, buried a soldier alive as a deterrent to nostalgia.
Contemporary nostalgia is not so much about the past as about vanishing the present. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I disliked it for its politics, that in a very subtle way embraces Trumpism in a Harvard style. Hence tne home implied by nostos in this inquiry into nostalgia consists largely Jan 28, Adam Dupaski rated it it was amazing Shelves: Unelected nostalgia breeds monsters. Feb 15, Peter rated it it was amazing.
A wonderful beautifully written book — and a necessary one to understand the age we live in. Tje reveals that longing and critical thinking are not opposed to one another, just as affective memories do not absolve one from compassion, judgment, or critical reflection. She guides us through the ruins and construction sites of post-communist cities-St. Unlike melancholia, which confines itself to the planes of individual consciousness, nostalgia is about the relationship between individual biography and the biography of groups or nations, between personal and collective memory.
In the age that seeks death of democracy and deglobalization because globalization cannot give more, and the west does not like monsters like China and India.
In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: I want to write books like this. Books by Svetlana Boym. Modern Language Quarterly To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I had a visceral reaction to boyym book that left me speechless. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.
Oct 15, Meghan is fhture reading it. Totally captivating on a personal level, and encouraging much thought as to how post-Communist nostalgia may be working in Poland. Dec 18, DoctorM rated it really liked it Shelves: Can we know what we are nostalgic for? Mar 22, Kristina rated it really liked it Shelves: Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.
Be the first to ask a question about The Future of Nostalgia. It recalled to me wonderful books like Time and the Futuure of Living by robert Grudin, Shklovsky and even a bit of Sebald.
I have to read a page and then think, and then read a page, and then stare into space bboym contemplate some shit. Boym focuses on Eastern Europe and Russia, but her look at the imaginary pasts we create and long for applies elsewhere as well nostalgla. Jan 22, Khush rated it it was amazing. Restorative nostalgia takes itself dead seriously. I give it 5 stars for its scholarship.
The Future of Nostalgia
The word was coined by the ambitious Swiss student Johannes Hofer in his medical dissertation in Nostalgia and progress are like Jekyll and Hyde: doubles and mirror images of one another. The nostalgic desires to obliterate history and turn it into private or collective mythology, to revisit time as space, refusing to surrender to the irreversibility of time that plagues the human condition. Time out of time, not encumbered by appointment books.