This book examines the feeling that we often refer to as ‘nostalgia’ from the perspective of writers and artists located on the (imperial, Soviet, and Post-Soviet) periphery of Russian culture who regard the center of the culture from which they have been excluded with varying degrees of longing and ambivalence. The literary and artistic texts analyzed here have been shaped by these author’s ruminations on social and psychological marginalization, a process that S. Boym has called ‘reflective nostalgia’ and that the authors of this volume also refer to as ‘toska’.
Laura SalmonChronotopes of Affectivity in Literature. On Melancholy, Estrangement, and Reflective Nostalgia
Sara DickinsonAleksandra Xvostova, Nikolaj Karamzin and the Gendering of Toska
Laura Quercioli MincerNostalgia and Creaturality in H. Leivick’s Тhe Golem
Mario Alessandro CurlettoRegret for the Time of Heroes and Existential Toska in Vladimir Vysockij
Laura SalmonMelancholic Humor, Skepticism and Reflective Nostalgia. Igor’ Guberman’s Poetics of Paradox
Irina MarchesiniThe Presence of Absence. Longing and Nostalgia in Post-Soviet Art and Literature
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