The Haunted City: Calcutta and the Legacy of Nostalgia

Anuparna Mukherjee
Nostalgia is one of the most persistent windows through which we see our pasts, and yet it is critiqued in literary and cultural discourses for sentimentalism. Interrogating the problem of nostalgic yearning and its discursive liminality, this thesis examines the affective politics of nostalgia in relation to the growth of a colonial city—Calcutta—a metropolis straddling the traces of its colonial modernity and a more recent postcolonial identity as “Kolkata”. My research assesses nostalgia’s multifarious ideological...
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