Against the backdrop of ever-increasing nationalist violence during the last decade of the twentieth century, this book challenges standard analyses of nation formation by elaborating on the nation’s dream-like hold over the modern social imagination. The author argues that the national fantasy lies at the core of the Enlightenment imaginary, embodying its central paradox: the intertwining of anthropological universality with the primacy of a cultural ideal.
Crucial to the operation of this paradox and fundamental in its ambiguity is the figure of Greece, the universal alibi and cultural predicate behind national-cultural consolidation throughout colonialist Europe. The largely unpredictable institution of a modern Greek nation in 1830 undoes the interweaving of Enlightenment and Philhellenism, whose centrifugal strands continue to unravel the certainty of European history, down to the current internal predicaments of the European Community or the tragedy of the Balkan conflicts.
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This is an original and important study of nation formation as social imaginary . . . adopting insights from a variety of disciplines (literary criticism, cultural studies, psychoanalysis, philosophy, economics).” Vassilis Lambropolous, Ohio State University.About the Author:
Stathis Gourgouris is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Hellenic Studies at Princeton University.
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Book Description Stanford University Press, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0804727252
Book Description Stanford University Press, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110804727252
Book Description Stanford University Press, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0804727252