Introduction; MAPPING THE NATION: NATIONS AND THEIR OTHERS: Maria S. Topalova: Victims versus Terrorists: the Media and the Experience of Insurgent Terrorism in Greece (1975-2000); Marek Jeziński: Excluding the Other: the Concept of the Nation in Contemporary Political Discourse in Poland; Agnieszka Pantuchowicz: Miscarriage or the Birth of a New Nation? Silesian Nationalism and Gender; Sadan Jha: The Mythic (Non)presence of the Other in the Text of Indian Nation-ness; Souad Eddouada: Gender and the Concept of the Nation within the Context of the Moroccan Family Code; Tomasz Sikora: Queering the Heterosexist Fantasy of the Nation; Lenore Lyons: Sexing the Nation: Normative Heterosexuality and the "Good" Singaporean Citizen; Natalia Monakhova, Nataliya Nagorna: Lesbian Identity within Neonationalist Discourse: The Case of Ukraine; Margarita Zakovorotnaya: Search for the Other in the Period of "Chaotic Individualism". RE-MAPPING THE NATION: NATIONAL (HI)STORIES: MaryConde: The Imaginary Caribbean; Arthur Redding: Invisibilities: the Cultural Production of Counternational Identities in American Literature; Anna Branach-Kallas: Travelling in-between: the Nation and the Diaspora in Meera Syal's Anita and Me; Piotr Sadkowski: Questioning National Identities: the "Wars of Languages" in Les Tetes a Papineau by Jacques Godbout and Le Siege de Bruxelles by Jacques Neirynck; Annedith M. Schneider: A Community of Their Own? Citizens and "Sisters" in Algeria; Hanita Brand: Housing the Other: Israeli Counter-Narratives and Their Construction of the Notions of Home and House; Notes on Contributors
The articles gathered in this volume focus on counter-narratives of the nation that question the dominant nationalist representations and explore the mechanisms of manufacturing national unity through the exclusion of alterity. The contributors attempt to answer several questions connected with the problematic concept of nation: How does the nation write its other(s)? How does the other re-write the nation? What cultural artefacts are instrumental in the processes of continual re-inscription? How is one's nationality lived? What symbolic practices does the formation of national identity entail? What is the role of the category of "nation" in the production of race, gender, bodies? What are the restrictions as well as the potential openings present in the notion of nation? The Nation of the Other gathers multiple perspectives and identifies various aspects of alterity in national discourses and their counter-narratives. The editors hope that the volume, showing different approaches to resistance, should help the readers re-imagine the nation as a community of Others: a site of heterogeneity, fluidity and transformation.