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Subverting Nostalgia in Twin Peaks: The Return - Resistance and the Television Revival


  • Charlie Berggren

Summary, in English

Twin Peaks (2017), also known as Twin Peaks: The Return, has a problematic relationship to its predecessor Twin Peaks (1990-1991). In this thesis, I argue that The Return represents the past by undermining a sense of pacifying nostalgia, instead highlighting the incongruity of its ostensible return. By performing a textual analysis of the series’ representations of the past in its visuals and narrative, as well as its portrayal of returning characters, I argue for a reading of The Return as being resistant in its depiction of nostalgia, a theory developed by Vera Dika. By also discussing nostalgia in The Return in broader terms of serial television in general, and the ‘revival’ genre in particular, I position The Return as a metafictionally situated revival text.


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Document type

Student publication for Master's degree (two years)


  • Cultural Sciences
  • Arts and Architecture


  • Twin Peaks: The Return (2017)
  • Resistant nostalgia
  • Revival television
  • Nostalgia film
  • Vera Dika
  • David Lynch


  • Anders Marklund (Ph D)