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Barbara Cassin


In Nostalgia: When Are We Ever At Home? Cassin explores with compelling force the question of nostalgia and the implications it has for us as both individuals and members of a political community. She provides an eloquent and sophisticated treatment of such universal themes as exile from one’s native land, the desire or nostalgia for a homeland, and the possibility of rethinking the homeland in terms of language rather than territory. She does so by revisiting with great incisiveness some of the founding texts of Western culture: Homer’s Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid and then moves on to an enga ... More

Keywords: Arendt, Barbara Cassin, exile, foreign language, home, homeland, Homer, language, nostalgia, Virgil

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780823269501
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823269501.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara Cassin, author
Université de Paris-Sorbonne