Nationalism and the Postcolonial.
ASNEL/GAPS Papers 24.
Dinter, Sandra and Johanna Marquardt (eds.)
Brill Rodopi, Boston/Leiden, 2021.
Often thought of as a thing of the past, nationalism remains surprisingly resilient in the postcolonial era, especially since the concepts of multiculturalism and cosmopolitanism have lost authority in recent years. The contributions assembled in Nationalism and the Postcolonial examine various forms, representations, and consequences of past and present nationalisms in languages, popular culture, and literature in or associated with Australia, Canada, England, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago. Bringing together perspectives from linguistics, political science, cultural studies, and literary studies, the collection illustrates how postcolonial nationalism functions as a unifying mechanism of anti-colonial nation-building as well as a divisive force that can encourage discrimination and violence.
Table of Contents
SANDRA DINTER: Nationalism and the Postcolonial: An Introduction
PART 1 THE LANGUAGES OF NATIONALISM
MICHAEL WESTPHAL: The Nationalist Ideology of Monolingualism in Postcolonial Theory
NATASCHA BING: Talking Kenya*n: Dynamic Practices for a Heterogeneous Nation
PRACHI GUPTA: The Hindi Language and the Imagination of the Indian Nation: Ramchandra Shukla’s Construction of Indian Civilization
PART 2 THE SONGS AND SOUNDS OF NATIONALISM
ARHEA MARSHALL: Singing the Postcolonial Independent in Trinbagonian Calypso
SINA SCHUHMAIER: Singing the Nation: The Condition of Englishness in the Lyrics of PJ Harvey and Kate Tempest
PART 3 NATIONALISMS IN POSTCOLONIAL POPULAR CULTURE
IDREAS KHANDY: Pop Culture: A Vehicle of State Nationalism in India
HANNA TEICHLER: Meet the ‘Holy Family’: From Multicultural Australia to Enforced Reconciliation in Baz Luhrmann’s Australia (2008)
THERESA KRAMPE: Intersections of Race, Sexuality, and National Identity in BioWare’s Mass Effect
PART 4 NATIONALISMS IN POSTCOLONIAL LITERATURES
RALF HAEKEL: Blind Spots: Nationalism and the Photographic Gaze in Teju Cole’s Every Day Is for the Thief
HANNAH PARDEY: Emotional Nationalism in the New Nigerian Novel
LUKAS LAMMERS: The British Empire and the ‘Laureate of Its Demise’: Postimperial Nostalgia in Jane Gardam’s Old Filth Trilogy
KATHRIN HÄRTL: ‘Bastardizing’ National Belonging: Derek Walcott and Joseph Conrad