The Nostalgic Nation: Britain and its Pasts
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In the wake of the Brexit referendum, it has often been postulated that the British are obsessed with their (more or less glorious) past and that one of the reasons for the outcome of the referendum was a nostalgic urge for the days of the British Empire. While this is far too simplistic and one-dimensional as an explanation, it is obvious that references to various episodes in British history are part and parcel of everyday life in the British Isles. If we were to make a list of examples where the past is more present than the present, this would go on and on: from country houses to Braveheart (as a Scottish myth), from historic railways to Churchill, etc.
In this seminar, we will discuss various theoretical approaches to heritage and nostalgia, and study a number of literary and filmic representations of Britain's engagement with versions of its past(s).
Course requirements will be discussed in the first session.
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