Dream nation : enlightenment, colonization, and the institution of modern Greece
- Stathis Gourgouris.
- Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1996.
- Physical description
- xii, 303 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
- Gourgouris, Stathis, 1958-
- Includes bibliographical references (p. -298) and index.
- A note to readers-- Prologue-- 1. The nations's dream-work-- 2. The formal imagination, I: The back roads of development from enlightenment to bureaucracy-- 3. The formal imagination, II: Natural history and the national pedagogy - the case of Korais-- 4. The punishment of philhellenism-- 5. The phatasms of writing, I: Makriyiannis and the miracles of national memory-- 6. The phatasms of writing, II: Nostalgia for Utopia - the idolatries of Seferis-- 7. Homologia Apologia: the writing of national history-- Works cited-- Index.
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- Publisher's Summary
- 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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- Publication date
- 0804726388 (cloth : acid-free paper)
- 0804727252 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
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