Nationalism and the Postcolonial


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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.

Contributors: Natascha Bing, Prachi Gupta, Ralf Haekel, Kathrin Härtl, Idreas Khandy, Theresa Krampe, Lukas Lammers, Arhea Marshall, Hannah Pardey, Sina Schuhmaier, Hanna Teichler, Michael Westphal

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Sandra Dinter is Lecturer of English Literature and Culture at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany. Her publications include Childhood in the Contemporary English Novel (Routledge, 2019) and several articles on space and mobility, neo-Victorianism, and rewritings.

Johanna Marquardt teaches English literature and cultural studies at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany. She is working on the (post)modernist works of Brian O’Nolan and their interrelationships with the literary field of mid-twentieth century Dublin.
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Nationalism and the Postcolonial: An Introduction
  Sandra Dinter

The Languages of Nationalism

1 The Nationalist Ideology of Monolingualism in Postcolonial Theory
  Michael Westphal

2 Talking Kenya*n
Dynamic Practices for a Heterogeneous Nation
  Natascha Bing

3 The Hindi Language and the Imagination of the Indian Nation
Ramchandra Shukla’s Construction of Indian Civilization
  Prachi Gupta

The Songs and Sounds of Nationalism

4 Singing the Postcolonial Independent in Trinbagonian Calypso
  Arhea Marshall

5 Singing the Nation
The Condition of Englishness in the Lyrics of PJ Harvey and Kate Tempest
  Sina Schuhmaier

Nationalisms in Postcolonial Popular Culture

6 Pop Culture
A Vehicle of State Nationalism in India
  Idreas Khandy

7 Meet the ‘Holy Family’
 From Multicultural Australia to Enforced Reconciliation in Baz Luhrmann’s Australia (2008)
  Hanna Teichler

8 Intersections of Race, Sexuality, and National Identity in BioWare’s Mass Effect
  Theresa Krampe

Nationalisms in Postcolonial Literatures

9 Blind Spots
 Nationalism and the Photographic Gaze in Teju Cole’s Every Day Is for the Thief
  Ralf Haekel

10 Emotional Nationalism in the New Nigerian Novel
  Hannah Pardey

11 The British Empire and the ‘Laureate of Its Demise’
Postimperial Nostalgia in Jane Gardam’s Old Filth Trilogy
  Lukas Lammers

12 ‘Bastardizing’ National Belonging
Derek Walcott and Joseph Conrad
  Kathrin Härtl


Academics and postgraduate students working in postcolonial studies, cultural studies, literary studies, linguistics, and political science with an interest in nationalisms, national identity, and multiculturalism.
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