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      Can there be a Progressive Nostalgia? Layering Time in Pride’s Retro-Heritage

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          Pride is notable for its dynamic treatment of time, which is key both to its appeal as a film and to its presentation of the processes of political change. By combining nostalgia, retro, and heritage, Pride manifests an artistic practice I refer to as temporal layering, which draws attention to how any single moment implies potential relationships with numerous interacting others. I use this notion to understand both the role that the 1984–5 miners’ strike assumes in cultural revisions of the 1980s, and the kind of cinematic past that Pride presents. This past can be understood as a development in the heritage genre appropriate, that could be called retro-heritage to reimagining of modern British history, especially that of the 1980s. By paying attention to the varied temporal layers thus present in Pride, a new perspective is offered on how nostalgia’s presumed conservatism sits alongside the ‘left-wing melancholy’ ( Traverso, 2017) that has dominated in the era of defeats since the 1980s. My ultimate aim is to ask what potential nostalgia may have when envisaging a different future. 1

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                Journal
                2056-6700
                Open Library of Humanities
                Open Library of Humanities
                2056-6700
                11 March 2019
                2019
                : 5
                : 1
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                [1 ]University of Southampton, UK
                Article
                10.16995/olh.324
                Copyright: © 2019 The Author(s)

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                Pride revisited: cinema, activism and re-activation

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