Origins of Nostalgia - Svetlana Boym

Origins of Nostalgia

Memories and Reflections

; Ron Roberts (Redaktør)

This collection of previously unpublished autobiographical and semi-autobiographical “snippets of experience” written by Svetlana Boym in the final period of her life capture her penchant for seamlessly melding, poetically and dream-like, the intensively personal with the everyday and the world-historical. Les mer
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This collection of previously unpublished autobiographical and semi-autobiographical “snippets of experience” written by Svetlana Boym in the final period of her life capture her penchant for seamlessly melding, poetically and dream-like, the intensively personal with the everyday and the world-historical. They illuminate the formative conditions for the thinking which she was to develop into her majestic work on nostalgia.

Importantly, these pieces fill in gaps in understanding the genesis and scope of her take on the world. For readers both familiar with her work and for those new to it, The Origins of Nostalgia will enable our own cultural past as well as that of the former Soviet Union to be viewed in a different light.
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Forlag: Bloomsbury Academic USA
Innbinding: Innbundet
Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 192
ISBN: 9781501389931
Format: 23 x 15 cm
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«Poetic and analytical by turns, Svetlana Boym’s charismatic energy lives in every page of these brilliant autobiographical writings. They chart her post Sputnik Leningrad childhood in one of the Soviet ideologically imposed communal apartments, with its multiple partitions, at once prohibiting privacy and striving for it, to her departure from Russia aged twenty. Ambivalent about Soviet communality and the American dream, the work is a profound meditation on the psychic shock of an ever unfinished emigrant life. She is doubly alien, estranged from Soviet Russia and a ‘foreign-insider’, resident and non-resident, in Boston. Nostalgia, here lyrically explored, is a leitmotif of her work. Broken bones, a shattered porcelain cup, become emblems in an émigré’s narrative of belonging, unbelonging, and longing.»

Isobel Armstrong, Emeritus Professor of English, Birkbeck, University of London, UK, and author of V

«Eloquent, ironic, and haunting, this suite of Svetlana Boym’s essays is a shifting kaleidoscope of vivid memories, from a Soviet childhood to her ongoing reinventions of herself in America. The Origins of Nostalgia is the culmination of Svetlana Boym’s creative intertwining of her life and her compelling life’s work.»

David Damrosch, Harvard University, USA
Introduction: Snippets of Experience
Ron Roberts

1. Cosmos in the Girls’ Washroom
2. Children, We’ve Been Deceived!
3. The Secret Life of a Communal Apartment Neighbor
4. Tearing Away (with an Introduction by Natal’ya Strugach)
5. Sasha, Misha, Napoleon and Josephine (circa 1992)
6. Replace the Irreplaceable! A Tale of Immigrant Objects
7. My Significant Others: Zenita, Susana, Ilanka

Index
Svetlana Boym (1959-2015) was a literary critic, visual artist, writer of fiction, and Hugo Reisinger Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature at Harvard University, USA. Her books include Death in Quotation Marks (1991), Common Places (1994), The Future of Nostalgia (2001), Another Freedom (2010) and The Off-Modern (Bloomsbury, 2017). Her artworks were exhibited in New York, Berlin, Ljubljana, Glasgow, Copenhagen, Kaunas, and Cambridge.

Ron Roberts is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Honorary Lecturer in Psychology at Kingston University, London, UK.