06. Jonathan Culler, English, and Pheng Cheah

Grounds of Comparison: Around the Work of Benedict Anderson (Routledge, 2003). Benedict Anderson, the Aaron Binenkorb Professor of Government Emeritus at Cornell, is best known for his book, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism—one of the most influential works of the last twenty years. Read by both social scientists and humanists, Anderson has thought anew about such questions as why people love and die for nations, how religious faith became a territorial issue, the interrelation of capitalism and print, and how forms of nationalism have been adapted and transformed in different situations. Culler and Pheng Cheah (University of California, Berkeley) present essays on Anderson’s themes and ideas by scholars such as Ernesto Laclau, Andrew Parker, Doris Sommer, and Lydia Liu. The book also includes a substantial new essay by Benedict Anderson, written for this volume.

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