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Subjective Experiences of Interactive Nostalgia

Edited By Ryan Lizardi

From explorations of video game series to Netflix shows to Facebook timelines, Subjective Experiences of Interactive Nostalgia helps readers understand what it is actually like to be nostalgic in a world that increasingly asks us to interact with our past. Interdisciplinary authors tackle the subject from historical, philosophical, rhetorical, sociological, and economic perspectives, all the while asking big questions about what it means to be asked to be active participants in our own mediated histories. Scholars and pop culture enthusiasts alike will find something to love as this collection moves from a look at traditional interactive media, such as video games, to nostalgia within all things digital and ends with a rethinking of the potentials of nostalgia itself.

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6. Click for Dixie: Virtual Plantation Tours’ Use of White Nostalgia and Directed Narrative Experience (Alexandra Lippert / Carson S. Kay)

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6. Click for Dixie: Virtual Plantation Tours’ Use of White Nostalgia and Directed Narrative Experience

ALEXANDRA LIPPERT AND CARSON S. KAY

Picture flower beds poised like bright candies on emerald lawns leading to a wall of tall, sun-tanned fescue. Spanish moss ever so slightly swings from the boughs of broad oak trees lining the long driveway. White pillars emphasize the grandeur of the statuesque estate. Once one enters the gates, time seems to stand still. Oh, to return to the simpler days of yesteryear! Oh, to return to the American plantation. Such representations of past culture might seem delightfully charming upon first glance, especially for couples seeking breathtaking wedding venues. After all, southern plantations seem to be the epitomes of picturesque. However, reflecting upon the nostalgic diction and imagery reveals significant oversights in the locations’ narratives. Namely, by dwelling upon the beauty of the past, plantation narratives construct a space in which only the white mnemonic experience is welcome. One could deem this longing to be simple nostalgia, but in the case of southern American plantations, one is really experiencing white nostalgia when one wishes to return to Tara once more.

The white nostalgia to which we refer is Ewa A. Adamkiewicz’s (2016) re-contextualized conceptualization, a perspective that grounds the concept in historical context and temporal significance (16–17). Although fellow scholars tie white nostalgia to racism in film stereotypes (Winch 2013, 117), the feminist movement (Breines...

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