The Leftovers, Exploring Nationhood and Identity in the World’s Exclaves
In 1882, French philosopher Ernest Renan, asked “What is a nation?” In 1982, Benedict Anderson answered that a nation is “an imagined community.” For the past three years, Robin Hemley has been visiting the most imagined of imagined communities: international exclaves and enclaves, territories of one nation embedded within another, exploring notions of nationhood, nationalism, and patriotism through an exploration of these leftover bits and bobs of nationhood. Hemley, an American by birth, cosmopolitan by choice, looks at the notions of belonging of others as he tries to figure out his fluctuating sense of identity.
Guggenheim Fellowship winner Robin Hemley is a prolific writer of fiction and nonfiction, who is currently Writer-in-Residence and Director of the Writing Program at Yale-NUS in Singapore, and was previously Director of the Nonfiction Writing Program at University of Iowa. Robin has published 12 books of nonfiction and fiction.
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