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Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 4 (December 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Bringing to the fore all the traditional topoi of Englishness in order to better denounce them as [...] Read more. Bringing to the fore all the traditional topoi of Englishness in order to better denounce them as sham, Atonement could be seen as a postmodernist anti-nostalgic novel. In the novel, the nostalgic longing is linked to Briony‘s (the protagonist/narrator) desire for a return to a state of innocence which is as much an atoning for her crime as a longing to be at one in a state of harmony. If her nostalgic longing first appears as a phantasy of omnipotence by an immature ego, her becoming a writer yet entails a facing of the other within the self, an atoning for her nostalgic bias, not by erasing it but by acknowledging her full responsibility in it, a process the reader is also invited to go through. From a regressive quest, nostalgia thus turns into an opening to what is new and other. The unbridgeable gap between nostalgic desire and its fulfilment is life-giving, as it fuels our longing and allows for creation. View Paper h