Despite its typically regressive associations with homesickness, the longing associated with nostalgia may also function progressively as a vehicle for imaginatively 'fixing' the past in two senses: securing and mending or repairing. Considering fiction by two British and six American women writers of different generations and ethnicities, this study explores tensions between home and exile, insider and outsider, longing and belonging, loss and recovery. Rubenstein argues that nostalgia functions narratively as a strategy for interrogating not only notions of home, homesickness, and homeland but also cultural historical dislocation, aging, and moral responsibility. These narratives re-frame a significant locus of concern in contemporary (female) experience: personal and/or cultural dis-placement and longing for home are ultimately transmuted - imaginatively, at least - by a restorative vision that enables healing and emotional repair.
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Number of pages: 210
Weight: 293 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 12 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 200
'Rubenstein's grouping of texts and her focus on nostalgia, home, and homesickness make her book original, and her own close readings of texts are insightful. She is a distinguished scholar.' - Ruth Saxton, editor of The Girl