Childhood and (the limits of) Nostalgia

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The latest post in the American Childhoods series on H-Amstdy explores the nostalgic world created on Netflix's Stranger Things. In the piece, titled "Childhood and (the limits of) Nostalgia in Stranger Things," author Filipa Antunes searches for the missing referents in the streaming show which  pays tribune to 1980's horror productions but, in Antunes' reckoning, omits their contemplations on the state of childhood. Films that deliberately reflected upon current cultural anxieties, when stripped of their context and just viewed nostaligically, become merely "a world of references with no referent."