We are two corpus linguists interested in nostalgic discourses and discourses of nostalgia. This blog hosts a collaborative interdisciplinary bibliography of nostalgia-related research. At the moment it is a raw list, but in time it will be annotated with information about core vs. peripheral focus of refernces and about the area of study or the theme.

We also have a reading group, with online meetings (every last Thursday of the month): a space where we share ideas and talk about key literature, new work, and work in progress.

If you wish to add an entry to the bibliography and/or join the reading group get in touch.

  • collaborative bibliography

    an interdisciplinary collaborative bibliography of and for
    nostalgia-related studies

    [last update: 26/01/2023 – 144 entries]

    Appadurai, A. 1996. Modernity at large: cultural dimensions of globalization (Vol. 1). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

    Anderson, B. 2006. Imagined Communities. Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. Revised edition. London: Verso.

    Baccolini, R. 2007. Finding Utopia in Dystopia: Feminism, Memory, Nostalgia, and Hope. In T. Moylan & R. Baccolini (eds.) Utopia-Method-Vision: The Use Value of Social Dreaming. Oxford and Berne: Peter Lang, pp. 159-189.

    Barrett, F. S., Grimm, K. J., Robins, R. W., Wildschut, T., Sedikides, C., & Janata, P. (2010). Music-evoked nostalgia: Affect, memory, and personality. Emotion 10(3): 390-403.

    Batcho, K. I. 1995. Nostalgia: a psychological perspective. Perceptual and Motor Skills 80: 131-143.

    Bauman, Z. 2017. Retrotopia. Cambridge: Polity Press.

    Betz, H. G. & Johnson, C. 2004. Against the current – stemming the tide: the nostalgic ideology of the contemporary radical populist right. Journal of Political Ideologies 9(3): 311-327.

    Boym, S. 2001. The Future of Nostalgia. New York: Basic Books.

    Boym, S. 2015. Nostalgia and its discontents. Agora 8 https://agora8.org/SvetlanaBoym_Nostalgia/

    Bonnett, A. 2009. The Dilemmas of Radical Nostalgia in British Psychogeography. Theory, Culture & Society 26(1): 45-70.

    Bonnett, A. 2010. Left in the Past: Radicalism and the Politics of Nostalgia. London: Bloomsbury.

    Bonnett, A. 2016. The Geography of Nostalgia: Global and Local Perspectives on Modernity and Loss. London & New York: Routledge.

    Bromley, R. 1988. Lost Narratives: Popular Fictions, Politics, and Recent History. London & New York: Routledge.

    Brown, S., Kozinets, R. V. & Sherry, J. F. Jr. 2003. Teaching Old Brands New Tricks: Retro Branding and the Revival of Brand Meaning. Journal of Marketing 67(3): 19-33.

    Campanella, E. & Dassù, M. 2019. Anglo Nostalgia. The Politics of Emotion in a Fractured West. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Chabon, M. 2017. “The true meaning of nostalgia”, The New Yorker 25 March 2017: https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-true-meaning-of-nostalgia.

    Cross, G. 2015. Consumed Nostalgia: Memory in the Age of Fast Capitalism New York: Basic Books.

    Davalos, S., Merchant, A., Rose, G. M., Lessley, B. & Teredesai, A. 2015. ‘The good old days’: An examination of nostalgia in Facebook posts. Int. J. Human-Computer Studies 83: 83–93.

    Davis, F. 1979. Yearning for Yesterday: A Sociology of Nostalgia. New York: The Free Press.

    De Brigard, F. 2018. Nostalgia and mental stimulation. In A. Gotlib (ed.) The Moral Psychology of Sadness. London: Rowman & Littlefield International, pp. 155-182.

    De Viers, C. E.  & Hoffman, I. 2018. The power of the past. How nostalgia shapes European public opinion. Bertelsmann Stifung. Europinions https://eupinions.eu/de/text/the-power-of-the-past

    Eibach, R. P. & Libby, L. K. 2009. Ideology of the Good Old Days: Exaggerated Perceptions of Moral Decline and Conservative Politics. In J. T. Jost, A. C. Kay & H. Thorisdottir (eds.) Social and Psychological Bases of Ideology and System Justification. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 402-426.

    Gabriel, Y. 1993. Organizational Nostalgia: Reflections on the Golden Age. In S. Fineman (ed.) Emotion in Organizations. London: Sage, pp. 118–41.

    Gabriel, Y. 2000. Storytelling in Organisations: Facts, Fictions, and Fantasies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Gabriel, Y. 2017. Narrative ecologies and the role of counter-narratives: the case of nostalgic stories and conspiracy theories. In S. Frandsen, T. Kuhn & M. Wolff Lundholt (eds.) Counter Narratives and Organization. London & New York: Routledge, pp. 208-226.

    Gandini, A. 2020. Zeitgeist Nostalgia: On Populism, Work and the ‘good Life’. John Hunt Publishing.

    Grainge, P. 2000. Nostalgia and style in retro America: Moods, and modes, and media recycling. The Journal of American Culture 23(1): 27.

    Greene, G. 1991. Feminist fiction and the uses of memory. Signs 16(2): 290-321.

    Hartman, B. J. & Brunk, K. H. 2019. Nostalgia, marketing and (re-)enchantment. International Journal of Research in Marketing 34(4): 669-686.

    Heatherly, O. 2016. The Ministry of Nostalgia. London: Verso.

    Hepper, E. G., Ritchie, T. D. Sedikides, C. & Wildschut, T. 2012. “Odyssey’s End: Lay Conceptions of Nostalgia Reflect Its Original Homeric Meaning.” Emotion 12(1): 102-119.

    Hartmann, B. J. & Bunk, K. H. 2019. Nostalgia marketing and (re-)enchantment. International Journal or Research in Marketing 36:669-686.

    Herman, A. 1997. The Idea of Decline in Western History. New York, London, Toronto, Sydney, Singapore: The Free Press.

    Hofer, J. 1934[1688]. ‘Medical Dissertation on Nostalgia’, trans. Carolyn Kiser Anspach, Bulletin of the Institute of the History of Medicine 2: 376–91.

    Jacobsen, M. H. (ed.) 2020. Nostalgia Now. Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on the Past in the Present . London and New York : Routledge.

    Jones, R. 2021. White Borders. The History of Race and Immigration in the United States from Chinese Exclusion to the Border Wall. Boston: Beacon Press.

    Kammen, M. 1991. Mystic Chords of Memory: The Transformation of Tradition in American Culture. New York: Knopf.

    Kenny, M. 2017. Back to the populist future?: understanding nostalgia in contemporary ideological discourse. Journal of Political Ideologies 22(3): 256-273.

    Kushner, T. 2006. Remembering refugees: Then and now. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

    Ladino, J.K. 2012. Reclaiming Nostalgia: Longing for Nature in American Literature. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press.

    Lammers, J. & Baldwin, M. 2020. Make America Gracious Again: Collective Nostalgia can Increase and Decrease Support for Right-Wing Populist Rhetoric. European Journal of Social Psychology 50(5): 943-954.

    Lilla, M. 2016. The Shipwrecked Mind. New York: New York Review Books.

    Lorcin, P.M., 2012. Historicizing colonial nostalgia: European women’s narratives of Algeria and Kenya 1900-present. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

    Lowenthal, D. 1985. The Past is a Foreign Country. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    Lowenthal, D. 1989. Nostalgia tells it like it wasn’t. In C. Shaw & M. Chase (eds.) The Imagined Past: History and Nostalgia. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, pp. 18-32.

    Lowenthal, D. 1997. The Heritage Crusade and the Spoils of History. London: Viking.

    Lowenthal, D. 2017. The Past is a Foreign Country. Revisited. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    Makai, P. 2018. Video Games as Objects and Vehicles of Nostalgia. Humanities, 7: 158-171.

    Mannur, A. 2007. Culinary Nostalgia: Authenticity, Nationalism, and Diaspora. MELUS, 32(4), 11–31.

    Mitchell, P. 2021. Imperial Nostalgia: How the British Conquered Themselves. Manchester. Manchester University Press.

    Mols, F. & Jetten, J. 2014. No guts, no glory: How framing the collective past paves the way for anti-immigrant sentiments. International Journal of Intercultural Relations 43(5): 74-86.

    Murphy, A. R. 2009. Longing, Nostalgia, and Golden Age Politics: The American Jeremiad and the Power of the Past. Perspectives on Politics, 7(1): 125-141.

    Niemeyer, K. 2014. Media and nostalgia: Yearning for the past, present and future. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

    Pickering, M. & Keightley, E. 2006. The Modalities of Nostalgia. Current Sociology 54: 919-941.

    Pinker, S. 2018. Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress. London: Penguin.

    Polletta, F. & Callahan, J. 2017. Deep stories, nostalgia narratives, and fake news: Storytelling in the Trump era. American Journal of Cultural Sociology 5(3): 392-408.

    Rosling, H. 2018.Factfulness: Ten Reasons We are Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think. New York: Flatiron Books.

    Routledge, C. 2015. Nostalgia: A Psychological Research. London and New York: Routledge.

    Samuel, R. 1994. Theatres of Memory. Vol. 1: Past and Present in Contemporary Culture. London: Verso.

    Sedikides, C., Wildschut, T., & Baden, D. 2004. Nostalgia: Conceptual issues and existential functions. In J. Greenberg, S. Koole, & T. Pyszczynski (eds.), Handbook of experimental existential psychology. New York: Guilford, pp. 200 –214.

    Sedikides, C., Wildschut, T., Routledge, C., & Arndt, J. 2015. Nostalgia counteracts self-discontinuity and restores self-continuity. European Journal of Social Psychology, 45(1), 42–61.

    Sedikides C & Wildschut T. 2016. Past forward: Nostalgia as a motivational force. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 20(5): 319–321.

    Starobinksky, J. & Kemp. S. 1966. The idea of nostalgia. Diogenes 14(54): 81-103.

    Stern, B.B. 1992. HIstorical and Personal Nostalgia in Advertising Text: The Fin de siècle effect. Journal of Advertising 21(4): 11-22.

    Stewart, S. 1984. On Longing. Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection. Durham and London: Duke University Press.

    Stewart, K. 1988. Nostalgia – A Polemic. Cultural Anthropology 3(3): 227-241.

    Steenvoorden, E. & Harteveld, E. 2018. The appeal of nostalgia: the influence of societal pessimism on support for populist radical right parties. West European Politics 41(1): 28-52.

    Tanner, G. 2021. The Hours Have Lost Their Clock: The Politics of Nostalgia. Repeater

    Tannock, S. 1995. Nostalgia critique. Cultural Studies 9(3): 453-464.

    Tinsley, M. 2020. Revisiting nostalgia: imperialism, anticolonialism, and imagining home. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 43:13,

    Taylor, C. 2020. Representing the Windrush generation: metaphor in discourses then and now. Critical Discourse Studies, 17:1-21.

    Van der Hoeven, A. 2012. Remembering the popular music of the 1990s: dance music and the cultural meanings of decade-based nostalgia. International Journal of Heritage Studies 20(3): 316-330.

    Wildschut, T., Bruder, M. & Robertson, S. 2014. Collective nostalgia: A group-level emotion that confers unique benefits on the group. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 107(5):844-863.

    Williams, R. 1973. The country and the city. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Woods, A. R. 2022. Rule, Nostalgia. A Backwords History of Britain. London: Penguin.

    Wright, P. [1995] 2021. The Village That Died for England. Tyneham and the Legend of Churchill’s Pledge. London: Watkins Media.

    List of contributors: Constanze Ackermann-Boström (Umeå University), Sam Bennett (Adam Mickiewicz University), Cinzia Bevitori (University of Bologna), Craig Evans (Swansea University), Frazer Heritage (Birmingham City University), Anna Marchi (University of Bologna), Charlotte Taylor (University of Sussex), Laura Tommaso (Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale)