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Author Stonecipher, Donna, 1969- author.

Title The ruins of nostalgia / Donna Stonecipher
Published Middletown : Wesleyan University Press, 2023


Description 1 online resource (unpaged)
Series Wesleyan poetry
Wesleyan poetry.
Contents Introduction -- Becoming a Musician -- Being a Musician -- The Social Organization of Specialist Knowledge -- Gharanas -- Adaptive Strategies -- The Ecology of Karnatak Music -- The Cultural Structure and Social Organization of a Music Tradition -- Epilogue -- Coda
Summary "New work from one of the most compelling and transformative writers of the contemporary prose poem. What is it to feel nostalgia, to be skeptical of it yet cleave intently to the complex truths of feeling and thought? In a series of 64 gorgeous, ramifying, unsettling prose poems addressing late-twentieth- and twenty-first century experience and its discontents, The Ruins of Nostalgia offers a strikingly original exploration of the misunderstood phenomenon of nostalgia as both feeling-state and historical phenomenon. Each poem, also titled The Ruins of Nostalgia, is a kind of lyrical mini-essay, playful, passionate, analytic. Some poems take a location, memory, conceit, or object as their theme. Throughout the series, the poems recognize and celebrate the nostalgias they ironize, which are in turn celebrated and then ironized again. Written often in the fictional persona of the first-person plural, The Ruins of Nostalgia explores the rich territory where individual response meets a collective phenomenon.[sample poem]The Ruins of Nostalgia 13 Where once there had been a low-end stationery store minded by an elderly beauty queen, there was now a store for high-end espresso machines minded by nobody. Where once there had been an illegal beer garden in a weedy lot, there was now a complex of luxury lofts with Parisian-style ivory façades. Where once there had been a bookstore and a bike shop and a bakery, there was now a wax museum for tourists. Where once there had been an empty lot there was now a building. Where once there had been an empty lot there was now a building. Where once there had been an empty lot there was now a building. Where once there had been an empty lot there was now a building. Where once there had been farms there were now subdivisions. Where once there had been subdivisions there were now sub-subdivisions. We lived in a sub-subdivision of a subdivision. We ourselves had become subdivided-where once we had merely been of two minds. * Where once there had been a river there was now a road. A vocal local group had started a movement to break up the road and "daylight" the river, which still flowed, in the dark, underneath the road. * Could we daylight the farms, the empty lots, the stationery store, the elderly beauty queen, the city we moved to? Was it still flowing somewhere, under the luxury lofts, deliquescing in the dark, inhabited by our luxury selves, not yet subdivided, because not yet whole? * Could we daylight the ruins of nostalgia?"-- Provided by publisher
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on September 25, 2023)
Subject Sankaran, T. -- Interviews
Musicians -- India, South -- Interviews
Music -- India, South -- History and criticism
Musicians -- India, South -- Social conditions -- 20th century
Carnatic music -- Social aspects -- India, South -- History -- 20th century
POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Death, Grief, Loss.
POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Places.
Musicians -- Social conditions
South India
Genre/Form prose poems.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Prose poems
Prose poems.
Poèmes en prose.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2023020756
ISBN 9780819500854