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Imagined Communities by Benedict Anderson
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The "imagined communities" of the title are nations, which are imagined because members don't know most of their fellow members, yet they still feel a shared connection. Of particular interest to me is Anderson's discussion of print capitalism, how books were the first mass-produced commodity, and the role novels (especially for women) and newspapers (especially for men) played in creating modern notions of nationhood and community. Thinking about novels as a genre originally created for a female audience puts a different spin on what's happening today in terms of the fiction to "reality" shift and the "death" of the book.
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January 7, 2011 – Shelved
March 7, 2011 – Started Reading
March 31, 2011 – Finished Reading

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