In this Book
- Afro-Nostalgia: Feeling Good in Contemporary Black Culture
- Published by: University of Illinois Press
- Series: The New Black Studies Series
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
- pp. vii-viii
- pp. ix-xii
- Postscript: A Future for Black Nostalgia
- pp. 157-166
- pp. 167-182
- pp. 183-196
- pp. 197-212