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Rescuing the nation from history

August 26, 2012

“History has served to bolster the claims of the nation-state, as literary critics argue, but the converse is also true. Nations, having created imaginary histories in their legitimation, also find themselves trapped by their own creation, unable to conceive of themselves in ways other than what that history will permit.” (232)

Arif Dirlik (2002) ‘Literature/Identity: Transnationalism, Narrative and Representation’. The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies 24: 209-234

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