Since your class on Thursday morning was canceled, due to the Mass, I figured I’d update you on the plan for next week:
The reading for Thursday is available here:
The chapter is a look at the fabrication of the Scottish Highland culture. Don’t feel that you need to understand every detail: I’m more interested in you understanding the idea explored in the introduction, where Hobsbawm argues that traditions are largely invented. The Scottish example is just that: an example. In preparation for the discussion, it would be very helpful if you were to look at your own culture’s traditions and research a bit to find examples of “invented traditions” from your own culture. (And I’ll come up with a few Canadian, American, and English ones to help explore the concept.)
A warning: you really, really want to keep on top of the readings. If you don’t participation will be difficult, and your grade will suffer. That said, don’t be disappointed if our discussion of James Clifford’s chapter runs over into Thursday’s class: as long as the discussion is fruitful, then I don’t mind adjusting the schedule a bit.