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Modernity, Memory and Identity in South-East Europe

Nostalgia, Loss and Creativity in South-East Europe

Political and Cultural Representations of the Past

Editors: Raudvere, Catharina (Ed.)

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  • Interdisciplinary, bringing together a range of theoretical perspectives to explore the relationship between loss and creative inspiration in South-East Europe
  • Chapters cover a number of specific case studies from across the region and from a long-term perspective
  • Investigates the connections between modernization processes in South-East Europe and the production of narratives of home and belonging
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About this book

Where nostalgia was once dismissed a wistful dream of a never-never land, the academic focus has shifted to how pieces of the past are assembled as the elements in alternative political thinking as well as in artistic expression. The creative use of the past points to the complexities of the conceptualization of nostalgia, while entering areas where the humanities meet the art world and commerce. This collection of essays shows how this bond is politically and socially visible on different levels, from states to local communities, along with creative developments in art, literature and religious practice. Bringing together scholars from a range of disciplines, the book offers analyses from diverse theoretical perspectives, united by an interest in the political and cultural representations of the past in South-East Europe from a long-term perspective. By emphasising how the relationship between loss and creative inspiration are intertwined in cultural production and history writing, these essays cover themes across South-East Europe and provide an insight into how specific agents – intellectuals, politicians, artists – have represented the past and have looked towards the future.

About the authors

Catharina Raudvere is Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and directs its research centre ‘Many Roads in Modernity. South-East Europe and its Ottoman Roots’. Her most recent publications include studies of Islam and Muslim life in Bosnia and the edited Contested Memories and the Demands of the Past. History Cultures in the Modern Muslim World (2016).



Reviews

“The book is valuable as an introduction to this topic of memory and identity studies, and can be recommended for students in the field of international relations with a focus on Southeast Europe, as well as for scholars wanting to continue research in the direc­tions mentioned.” (Maria Bostenaru Dan, Südosteuropa, Vol. 67 (2), 2019)

“This book represents a high-quality contribution to the field of memory studies and the idea of nostalgia in a crucial historical context. This will be a valuable addition to reading lists on imperial histories and legacies in the Balkans, not least because it brings together Habsburg and Ottoman narratives. The book is an excellent piece of scholarship” (Michael Talbot, University of Greenwich, UK)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Loss and Creativity: Affect and Effect. Political and Cultural Representations of the Past in South-East Europe

    Pages 1-9

    Raudvere, Catharina

  • Transforming a Totalitarian Edifice: Artistic and Ethnographic Engagements with the House of the People in Bucharest

    Pages 11-36

    Duijzings, Ger

  • Battles of Nostalgic Proportion: The Transformations of Islam-as-Historical-Force in Western Balkan Reconstitutions of the Past

    Pages 37-71

    Blumi, Isa

  • The Economy of Nostalgia: Communist Pathos Between Politics and Advertisement

    Pages 73-85

    Zimmermann, Tanja

  • ‘Everything Has Its Place in God’s Imaret’: Nostalgic Visions of Co-existence in Contemporary Greek Historical Fiction

    Pages 87-124

    Willert, Trine Stauning

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eBook $79.99
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Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-10035-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Nostalgia, Loss and Creativity in South-East Europe
Book Subtitle
Political and Cultural Representations of the Past
Editors
  • Catharina Raudvere
Series Title
Modernity, Memory and Identity in South-East Europe
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-71252-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-71252-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-71251-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-10035-3
Series ISSN
2523-7985
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 241
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour
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