National Fictions, Fictional Nations

  • Timothy Brennan


In Europe and the United States, for the most part, the triumphant literary depiction of nationalism is Romantic. It is part of an earlier period when the forming of nations was a European concern, and before the experience of colonialism, world war and Fascism had soured people on what Edward Said has called nationalism’s ‘heroic narratives’. But the nationalist mood is, aesthetically as socially, more strongly felt in the emergent societies of the world today, including those ethnic or regional breakaways on the European continent itself (Basque, Irish, Albanian, and so on).


National Thought Popular Nationalism Imperial Legacy Foreign Domination Heroic Narrative 
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© Timothy Brennan 1989

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  • Timothy Brennan
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  1. 1.Purdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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