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Nation, Nationalism, Transnationalism: Historical and Theoretical Foundations - Einzelansicht

Veranstaltungsart Seminar Langtext
Veranstaltungsnummer 096532 Kurztext
Semester WS 2014/15 SWS 4
Erwartete Teilnehmer/-innen 25 Studienjahr
Max. Teilnehmer/-innen
Credits Belegung Belegpflicht
Sprache englisch
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Foster-Srieaswaranathan, Jeyapriya verantwort
Stein, Mark, Prof. Dr. verantwort
Abschluss - Studiengang Sem ECTS Bereich Teilgebiet
Master - National and Transnational Studies: Literature, Culture, Language (88 992 7) -
Master - National and Transnational Studies: Literature, Culture, Language (88 992 0) -
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Fachbereich 09 Philologie

This course explores a wide variety of texts, issues and concepts which are central to the study of nationhood, nationalism and transnationalism. This is done from an interdisciplinary perspective, focusing especially on the fields of history, the social sciences, as well as literary and cultural theory. Topics include: pre-modern political and cultural (as well as national?) constructs of community; modernity and the nation state; the nation as ‘imagined community’; nation(alism) and colonialism/anti-colonialism/postcolonialism; nation and language; the role of minori­ties; regionalism; stateless nations; heterogeneity in terms of class and gender; as well as recent transnational developments in the fields of supra-national cooperation (for instance on EU or UN level), economic and cultural globalisation, migration and diasporas. We will explore these general topics by focusing on a number of national/regional case studies from different parts of the world, including the British Isles, America and Africa.

While the focus is on historical, political and theoretical issues, we will also do some case studies of short literary texts and other cultural products (e.g. songs or pictures) in order to see how these wider social phenomena are negotiated in cultural representations.


We will discuss excerpts from a wide range of publications. All set texts (and optional extra reading) will be made available at the start of term.
Lists with recommendations for additional (optional) reading (for this class and for this M.A. course in general) will likewise be made available during term-time.

For those who wish to do preparatory reading during the summer, here is a selection of texts we will discuss over the first eight weeks of term:

Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism (1983), new ed. London & New York: Verso 2006, excerpt: 2-4, 6-14, 19, 24-26, 33-38, 40-42, 47-50, 61, 63-65, 67-82, 90-94, 113-116, 118-120, 133-135, 139 f, 143-146, 163 f, 168-175, 178-185, 204-206.

McLeod, John. Beginning Postcolonialism. Manchester & New York: Manchester UP 2000, pp. 67-130, 136-138.

Bhabha, Homi K. "Introduction: Narrating the Nation." Bhabha (ed), Nation and Narration, London & New York: Routledge 1990, 1-7.

Gardiner, Michael. Modern Scottish Culture, Edinburgh: Edin­burgh UP 2005, 11-14, 17, 21.

Colley, Linda. Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837. New Haven CT & London: Yale UP 1992. Repr. London et al.: Pimlico 1994, 5-8, 164-177, 193 f, 219-228, 364-375.

Ernest Renan, "Qu' est-ce qu'une nation?" (Lecture, 11th Mar 1882, Sorbonne, Paris. Oeuvres Complètes, Paris 1947-1961, vol. 1, 887-907. Transl. (by Martin Thom) as "What is a Nation?", in: Homi K. Bhabha (ed), Nation and Narration, London & New York: Routledge 1990, 8-22.)

Vecoli, R. "The Significance of Immigration in the Formation of an American Identity", The

Ngugi, "The Language of African Literature," Decolonizing the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature, London et al.: James Currey et al. 1986, 4-33)

Anthias, Floya; & Nira Yuval-Davis. "Introduction." Anthias & Yuval-Davis (ed), Woman - Nation - State, Basingstoke et al.: Macmillan 1989, 1-15.

Kandiyoti, Deniz. "Identity and its Discontents: Women and the Nation," Millennium Journal of Inter­national Studies 20.3 (1991), repr. in Colonial Discourse and Post-Colonial Theory: A Reader, ed. Laura Chrisman & Patrick Williams (New York: Columbia UP, 1994): 376--91.

History Teacher 30.1 (1996): 9-27.

Hollinger, D. "Authority, Solidarity, and the Political Economy of Identity: The Case of the United States", Diacritics 29.4 (1999): 116-27.

Basch, Linda; Cristina Szanton Blanc; & Nina Glick Schiller. Nations Unbound: Transnational Projects, Global Predica­ments, and Deterritorialized Nation-States. Amster­dam et al.: Gordon & Breach 1994, 4th ed. 1997. 40-45.

Gerstle, G. "Liberty, Coercion, and the Making of Americans", The Journal of American History 84.2 (1997): 524-58.

Spickard, Paul. Almost All Aliens, 2007, ch. 9.

Frantz Fanon, "On National Culture," from The Wretched of the Earth, New York: Grove 1963 (tr. of Les damnés de la terre, Paris: François Maspéro 1961), pp. 206-48.

Achebe, Chinua. "The African Writer and the English Language," Morning Yet on Creation Day, London: Heinemann, & New York: Anchor/Doubleday 1975; e.g. repr. in Laura Chrisman & Patrick Williams (ed), Colonial Discourse and Postcolo­nial Theory: A Reader, New York: Columbia UP 1994, 428-434.

Keine Einordnung ins Vorlesungsverzeichnis vorhanden. Veranstaltung ist aus dem Semester WS 2014/15 , Aktuelles Semester: WiSe 2022/23