Despite its typically regressive associations with homesickness, nostalgia may also function progressively by imaginatively securing, and mending or repairing the past. Looking at fiction by British and American women writers of different generations and ethnicities, Rubenstein explores tensions between home and exile, insider and outsider, longing and belonging, loss and recovery, mourning and emotional resolution. She argues that nostalgia is a strategy for interrogating not only notions of home, homesickness, and homeland but also cultural or historical dislocation, aging, and moral responsibility. These narratives address a concern in contemporary women's experience: personal and/or cultural displacement are restored--imaginatively, at least--by a vision of healing and emotional repair.
'Rubenstein's grouping of texts and her focus on nostalgia, home, and homesickness make her book original, and her own close readings of texts are insightful. She is a distinguished scholar.' - Ruth Saxton, editor of The Girl