I’ve been meaning to post something for a while, even had a list of potential topics (such as my thoughts on medical dramas on television, nothing deep or philosophical). But I didn’t.
I especially thought it on Saturday when my daughter texted me photos from her Girl Scout trip into NewYork City. Between her and my friend Gayle, a chaperone on the trip who updated Instagram regularly, I got an idea what it must be like to see my social media travel posts. And I liked it.
And with that news, I overlooked the textbook list the professor emailed for our summer class that starts at the end of the month. The class is something about nationalism and democracy in nineteenth century Europe.
1) 19-Century Europe: A Cultural History, Hannu Salmi (978-0-7456-4360-1)
2) Schnitzler’s Century: The Making of Middle-Class Culture 1815-1914, Peter Gay (978-0-3933-2363-4)
3) Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, Benedict Anderson (ISBN 978-1-8446-7086-4)
4) Nations and Nationalism, Ernest Gellner (ISBN 978-0-8014-7500-9)
5) Peasants into Frenchmen, Eugen Weber (ISBN 978-0-8047-1013-8)
6)Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe (ISBN 978-0-3854-7454-2)
This gets me ridiculously excited because I base all my concepts of what it means to be French post-nationalism on Weber. I should have this book memorized. Now I have an excuse to buy a copy.
And my ideas of community come from Benedict Anderson. How can they not?
And the lit major in me is glad to see Chinua Achebe on the list…
I am trembling.