Nationalism and Narrative
"Nationalism - at a given time, in a specific space, and in the name of particular nationally defined and constituted peoples - constructs and professes a narrative of the nation and of its relation to a projected potential or already existing state. In doing this, nationalism lays claim to a privileged narrative perspective on the "nation" and thus justifies its own capacity to narrate - to organize and link the diverse elements of - the nation."
Mary Layoun, Wedded to the Land?
In our contemporary moment, what would it mean to propose that nationalism is a narrative? How do national narratives link the diverse elements of a society into what Anderson famously calls an 'imagined community'? How are we to understand the potentials and pitfalls of nationalism as a project?" How does an analysis of nationalism as a narrative open windows into contemporary diasporic or cosmopolitan concerns?
Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities, ISBN 0860915468 (VERSO)
Homi Bhabha, Nation and Narration, ISBN 0415014832 (ROUTLEDGE)
Partha Chatterjee, The Nation and Its Fragments, ISBN 0691019436 (PRINCETON U PRESS)
Pheng Cheah, Spectral Nationality, ISBN 0231130198 (COLUMBIA U PRESS)
James Siegel, Fetish, Recognition, Revolution, ISBN 0691026521 (PRINCETON U PRESS)
Mary Layoun, Wedded to the Land?, ISBN 0822325454 (DUKE U PRESS)
And a course reader