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The introductory chapter uses recent developments in the context of nationalism – the rise of populist nationalism in the 2010s and the emergence of ‘coronationalism’ in connection with the covid-19 pandemic – as starting points to map the major forms, principles, potentials, and consequences of nationalism in the postcolonial era. Stressing nationalism’s ambivalence, the introduction charts the unifying and exclusionary functions of nationalist endeavours. Subsequently, the introduction discusses discrepancies between and intersections of postcolonial studies and studies of nationalism, suggesting where and how the two fields can complement each other, for instance, in the context of constructivism, popular culture, anti-colonial nationalism, and the colonial history of nationalism. In its final section, the introduction provides a brief overview of the origin and aims of the essays assembled in the volume before it presents each chapter in more detail.

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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