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The past as a building block of a more affirming and hopeful future

As early as the eighteenth century, white Americans and Europeans believed that people of African descent could not experience nostalgia. As a result, black lives have been predominately narrated through historical scenes of slavery and oppression. This phenomenon created a missing archive of romantic historical memories.

Badia Ahad-Legardy mines literature, visual culture, performance, and culinary arts to form an archive of black historical joy for use by the African-descended. Her analysis reveals how contemporary black artists find more than trauma and subjugation within the historical past. Drawing on contemporary African American culture and recent psychological studies, Ahad-Legardy reveals nostalgia’s capacity to produce positive emotions. Afro-nostalgia emerges as an expression of black romantic recollection that creates and inspires good feelings even within our darkest moments.

Original and provocative, Afro-Nostalgia offers black historical pleasure as a remedy to contend with the disillusionment of the present and the traumas of the past.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half-title, Title, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction. Ten Thousand Recollections: Afro-Nostalgia and Contemporary Black Aesthetics
  2. pp. 1-26
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  1. 1. (Nostalgic) RETRIBUTION: The Affective Power of the Petty in Contemporary Narratives of Slavery
  2. pp. 27-60
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  1. 2. (Nostalgic) RESTORATION: Utopian Pasts and Political Futures in the Music of Black Lives Matter
  2. pp. 61-84
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  1. 3. (Nostalgic) REGENERATION: Absent Archives and Historical Pleasures in Contemporary Black Visual Culture
  2. pp. 85-116
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  1. 4. (Nostalgic) RECLAMATION: Recipes for Radicalism and the Politics of Soul (Food)
  2. pp. 117-156
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  1. Postscript: A Future for Black Nostalgia
  2. pp. 157-166
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 167-182
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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  1. Back cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780252052552
Related ISBN(s)
9780252043666, 9780252085666
MARC Record
OCLC
1246620975
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2021-04-22
Language
English
Open Access
No

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