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Hysterical nostalgia in the postcolony: from Coming Home to District 9

Walder, Dennis (2013). Hysterical nostalgia in the postcolony: from Coming Home to District 9. Consumption Markets & Culture, 17(2) pp. 143–157.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/10253866.2013.776306
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Abstract

Much of the remembering of recent years in South Africa has involved nostalgia, but a nostalgia of excess and morbidity, or what might be called hysteria. The endangered body stands as a memorial to the distortions of apartheid, and there are many manifestations in the culture of the country. Here I analyse two performative works by expatriate South Africans who in contrasting but related ways express through them a hysterical-nostalgic relation to their country’s past: Coming Home, a memory-play by Athol Fugard, and Neill Blomkamp’s dystopian film District 9, both of which touch on the country’s HIV/AIDS crisis. Resisting inadmissible yearnings for the apartheid past leads to revealing versions of nostalgia, in terms of broader cultural aesthetics, and the politics of the present – a time of continuing turbulence and uncertainty.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1477-223X
Extra Information: Special Issue: Nostalgia in the Twenty-First Century
Keywords: hysteria; nostalgia; memory; performative; Freud; Athol Fugard; Coming Home; Neill Blomkamp; District 9; Johannesburg; rural versus urban; post-apartheid
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > English & Creative Writing
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Postcolonial and Global Literatures Research Group (PGL)
Item ID: 36989
Depositing User: Dennis Walder
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2013 10:52
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:44
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/36989
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