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Margalit, A. (2011). Nostalgia. Psychoanal. Dial., 21(3):271-280.

(2011). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 21(3):271-280

Nostalgia

Avishai Margalit, Ph.D.

This paper “Nostalgia” has two distinct parts: One, accounting for nostalgia, by pointing out a systematic distortion in cases of nostalgic memories—idealizing the past and presenting it as a sentimental realm of pure innocence. This distortion typifies kitsch morality, morality guided by sentimentality that can easily turn into brutality. For attacking the innocent seems to justify any brutality in return. Two, an account of what is an ethics of memory, claiming that memory as the case of nostalgia suggests is a fertile ground for ethical discourse, which is different from the politics of memory.

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