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Borrowed Memories: Writing Nostalgia in Short Fiction Through the Use of Media Memory and the Mnemonic Imagination
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to explore the ways in which Media Memory theory and the concept of the mnemonic imagination can be used in the creation of short fiction set in the past with the purpose of eliciting nostalgia in the reader.

Advertising, as an outlet of Media Memory, is presented as a relevant source of information regarding the values, concerns and aspirations of past societies. By analyzing old advertising campaigns as research, authors of short fiction can create their own accounts of the past in an authentic way.

Similarly, by implementing the three components of nostalgia identified by Keightley and Pickering–loss, lack and longing–authors can produce a nostalgic experience through their texts. The implementation of these theories is analyzed in the creation of the short story collection Borrowed Memories.

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2019. , p. 32
Keywords [en]
Nostalgia, Media Memory, Advertising, Mnemonic Imagination, Keightley and Pickering, Short Fiction, Literature
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Literary Composition
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-172398OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-172398DiVA, id: diva2:1346740
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Available from: 2019-09-11 Created: 2019-08-28 Last updated: 2019-09-11Bibliographically approved

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