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Author Webb, Allen, 1957-

Title Making subject(s) : literature and the emergence of national identity / Allen Carey-Webb.

Published New York : Garland Pub., 1998.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  809.93358 WEBB    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiv, 242 pages, 15 pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Series Garland reference library of the humanities ; vol. 2072. Comparative literature and cultural studies ; vol. 4.
Garland reference library of the humanities ; vol. 2072.
Garland reference library of the humanities. Comparative literature and cultural studies ; vol. 4.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [223]-233) and index.
Summary Considering a wide range of cultural materials and engaging in a close reading of literary texts, this book draws a compelling comparison between national identity in Europe and the Third World. The author explores historical periods of nation building in Europe (Early Modernism) and the postcolonial world (post-1945 decolonization) to demonstrate that intriguingly similar circumstances of imperial role, linguistic diversity, and educational systemization facilitated the emergence of national consciousness in both European and non-European countries.
By bringing the insights of postcolonial studies to classic canonical dramas of Shakespeare and Lope de Vega, the author describes the impact of New World colonial encounters on Spanish and English national formation and self-conception. This book is the first to investigate the rich intertextuality of El Nuevo Mundo (Spain, 1601) and The Tempest (England, 1611). Turning to Ousmane Sembene and Salman Rushdie -- perhaps the two most important postcolonial writers -- this study shows how their finest novels "write back" to the European tradition of Lope and Shakespeare and simultaneously represent the trend of postcolonial literature from assertive anticolonial nationalism to postmodern national critique.
Tracing developments in the study of nationalism and literature from Louis Althusser and Benedict Anderson through Frederic Jameson, Homi Bhabha, and Partha Chatterjee, the book's introduction serves as a lucid guide to a central problem in contemporary cultural studies for the general reader or the specialized scholar. Juxtaposing Renaissance etchings, traditional African and Indian sculpture, 19th-century political cartoons, andintriguing works of contemporary art, Making Subject(s) is of unusual interest and visual appeal.
Subject National characteristics in literature.
Nationalism in literature.
Comparative literature -- Themes, motives, etc.
Comparative literature.
ISBN 0815328966 (alk. paper)