πŸ“‘ Nostalgia Reimagined

Bookmarked Nostalgia reimagined by Felipe De Brigard (Aeon)

Nostalgia, then, is a complex mental state with three components: a cognitive, an affective, and a conative component. This is generally recognised. However, my characterisation differs from the traditional one in putting imagination at its heart. First, I suggest that the cognitive component needn’t be a memory but a kind of imagination, of which episodic autobiographical memories are a case. Second, nostalgia is affectively mixed-valanced, which results from the juxtaposition of the affect generated by the act of simulating – which is typically negative – with the affect elicited by the simulated content, which is typically positive. Finally, the conative component isn’t a desire to go back to the past but, rather, a motivation to reinstate in the present the properties of the simulated content that, when attended to, make us feel good.

Nostalgia seems to be a pertinent topic at the moment. I keep coming back to The Bleachers track, I Miss Those Days, where even though the reality is that things weren’t great, we always long for something else. This has me wanting to re-read Fredric Jameson’s essay, Nostalgia for the Present.

via Doug Belshaw

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