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Ullman, C. (2011). Introduction to Margalit's Paper and Aron's Discussion: Contextualizing Memory and Nostalgia. Psychoanal. Dial., 21(3):268-270.

(2011). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 21(3):268-270

Introduction to Margalit's Paper and Aron's Discussion: Contextualizing Memory and Nostalgia

Chana Ullman, Ph.D.

The paper “Nostalgia” by Avishai Margalit and Lew Aron's discussion of it, which were the opening papers for the IARPP 2009 conference in Tel-Aviv, explicate the complex nature of memory and its ethical and relational components. Margalit explores the evaluative and ethical dimensions of memory in the private and collective spheres, describing “good” and “bad” nostalgia, and Aron brings Margalit's arguments to a meeting with psychoanalytic ideas of the transformative as well as defensive functions of memory and of “lived memory.”

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