To be sure, among cultural heralds pushing ahead toward twentieth-century topics, there remained plantation nostalgists
and celebrants of the lost cause; but in most cases, such an atmosphere of historical and literary renewal called for a turning away from slavery, secession, war, military defeat and devastation, and enforced political reconstruction(18)--or at least the attempt to look beyond recent historical tragedy and find a means of reconnection with what might be termed a usable past.
The golden age that time travelers revisit bears little resemblance, of course, to any time that ever was; like other nostalgists
, they create a past out of a childhood divested of responsibilities and an imagined landscape invested with all they find missing in the modern world (p.
Twenty years ago, supporters of independence were brushed aside by the other political parties as Brigadoon nostalgists
or Braveheart dreamers.
But that says far more, Wheen convincingly argues, about the history-warping, money-making opportunism of the nostalgists
than it does about the reality of life in the 1970s.
will also be glad to see that reformed ska-masters The Specials will also be making an appearance, albeit without the irrepressible main man Jerry Dammers, while you student-y types should be happy at the inclusion of Franz Ferdinand.
New Yorkers and '90s nostalgists
alike will enjoy Siegel's reminiscences of how these ideas came into play, and particularly of how Giuliani's New York (or "Gotham," as Siegel insists on calling it) was arguably the nation's most thorough and intensive proving ground for new ideas in city services, welfare reform, and, above all, policing.
see it as a night to revive memories of the golden era of Liverpool domination at home and across Europe.
There is also a contentment about McLennan that can only come with age and the knowledge they are doing great work again, without being seen as cheap nostalgists
merely going through the motions to pay the mortgage.
But it's really the grown up Chuck Jones nostalgists
who'll get the most kicks from Dante's digs at the political correctness lobby's claims that cartoons glorify violence (someone hesitates to throw a stick of dynamite because it might 'send the wrong message to children') and the brilliant sequence where Elmer Fudd chases Bugs and Daffy through the Louvre, the trio taking on the styles of Dal, Munch and Seurat as they run through their paintings.
But McGuinn's distinctive etherealism still comes through, which should leave both Americana aficionados and Byrds nostalgists
more than pleased.
That is, they were not retrograde nostalgists
for the Old Master days but brilliant propagandists and rhetoricians.
Whether such a "mob" of readers existed; whether Pound and Eliot had to leave America for London in order to find a cultural setting, rigidly stratified by class, where poetry was attended to by the upper classes; whether they went to London in order to invent the figment of such a culture; whether contemporary nostalgists
are sentimental in imagining some supposed heyday of poetry in America - however you look at these questions, they suggest the way Pound and Eliot generated a powerful sense of social context, an idea of a poetry audience that affected my generation and perhaps later ones too.