Nation and Narration

Psychology Press, 1990 - 333 páginas

Bhabha, in his preface, writes 'Nations, like narratives, lose their origins in the myths of time and only fully encounter their horizons in the mind's eye'.
From this seemingly impossibly metaphorical beginning, this volume confronts the realities of the concept of nationhood as it is lived and the profound ambivalence of language as it is written. From Gillian Beer's reading of Virginia Woolf, Rachel Bowlby's cultural history of Uncle Tom's Cabin and Francis Mulhern's study of Leaviste's 'English ethics'; to Doris Sommer's study of the 'magical realism' of Latin American fiction and Sneja Gunew's analysis of Australian writing, Nation and Narration is a celebration of the fact that English is no longer an English national consciousness, which is not nationalist, but is the only thing that will give us an international dimension.


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Introduction narrating the nation
What is a nation?
Tribes within nations the ancient Germans and the history of modern France
The national longing for form
Irresistible romance the foundational fictions of Latin America
Denaturalizing cultural nationalisms multicultural readings of Australia
Postal politics and the institution of the nation
Literature Nationalisms other? The case for revision
Destiny made manifest the styles of Whitmans poetry
Breakfast in America Uncle Tom s cultural histories
Telescopic philanthropy professionalism and responsibility in Bleak House
European pedigreesAfrican contagions nationality narrative and communality in Tutuola Achebe and Reed
English reading
The island and the aeroplane the case of Virginia Woolf
DissemiNation time narrative and the margins of the modern nation

Sir Joshua Reynolds and the Englishness of English art

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Markus Wahl is a Research Fellow at the Institute for the History of Medicine at the Robert Bosch Stiftung in Stuttgart, Germany. In his current project, he investigates the experiences of patients with diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases, and alcohol addiction in the socialist healthcare system of East Germany. In 2017, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Kent. His most recent publication was 'The Workhouse Dresden-Leuben After 1945: A Microstudy of Local Continuities in Postwar East Germany', Journal of Contemporary History (Online First: Published 26 July 2018). In general, his research interests include Modern German History, Social History of Medicine, Socialist History, Memory and Addiction Studies as well as broader studies of sexual health in the past and around the world.

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