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C19c Brown paper-bag research seminar series: sharing a 19th-century object and/or concept

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In his seminal statement of the modernist theory of nationalism (Nations and Nationalism, 1983), Ernest Gellner tied the rise of nationalism to the context of industrialisation in the 19th century, arguing that the systematisation required by industrialising societies demanded standardised forms of knowledge that could only be provided at the level of the state. To provide such knowledge, governments needed to set up formal educational systems. In Gellner’s view, these systems served ultimately to create a homogenised culture, in the process calling into being a recognisable form of national identity. Andy Murphy’s research projects look at Shakespeare’s work as an inspiration to working-class readers for programmes of radical political activism in the 19th century; and the impact of the rise of literacy in Ireland, given that the schoolbooks used in the educational system were geared towards inculcating a strongly British identity, at the expense of any distinctive Irishness. In this session, Andy will explore the complex implications of the expansion of education and the rise of literacy across the span of the nineteenth century.
Presenter
Andy Murphy, School of English
Type
Seminar
Open to
All staff and students
Date
Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Time
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where
Byre Conference Room
Contact
Laura Pels Ferra
Email
modlangs@st-andrews.ac.uk
Website
https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/modlangs/research/seminars/
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