In Yesterday's Self, Andreea Ritivoi explores the philosophical and historical dimensions of nostalgia in the lives of immigrants, forging a connection between current trends in the philosophy of identity and intercultural studies. The book considers such questions as, Does attachment to one's native culture preclude or merely influence adaptation into a new culture? Do we fashion our identity in interdependence with others, or do we shape it in a non-contingent frame? Is it possible to assimilate in an unfamiliar world without risking self-alienation? Ritivoi's response: nostalgia is both the poison and the cure in such situations.
Andreea Deciu Ritivoi is assistant professor of English and rhetoric at Carnegie Mellon University. She has previously published The Tale of a Lost City: Demolished Homes in Bucharest and The Other as Myself: Essays on Personal Identity.
Chapter 1 Longing To Be Home Chapter 2 An Integrationist Model of Identity Chapter 3 Going Native: Nostalgia and Solitude Chapter 4 Going Home: Adjustment as Recognition Chapter 5 "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" Chapter 6 The Contingent Self