Table of contents for Albanian identities : myth and history / Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers and Bernd J. Fischer, editors.


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INTRODUCTION
Narratives of Power: Capacities of Myth in Albania
Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers  3
The Nature of Myth: Some Theoretical Aspects
George Schdpflin 26

I. THE HISTORY OF ALBANIAN MYTH PRODUCTION
 Invention of a Nationalism: Myth and Amnesia
 Piro Misha 33
 The Role of Education in the Formation of
 Albanian Identity and its Myths
 Isa Blumi 49
 Religion and the Politics of'Albanianism': Naim Frasheri's
 Bektashi Writings
 Ger Duijzings 60
 Myths of Albanian National Identity: Some Key
 Elements, as Expressed in the Works of Albanian
 Writers in America in the Early Twentieth Century
 Noel Malcolm 70



Part II. MYTHS IN COMMUNIST POLITICS, SOCIETY AND CULTURE
 Between the Glory of a Virtual World and the Misery
 of a Real World
 Fatos Lubonja  91
 Ismail Kadare's The H-File and the Making of the Homeric
 Verse: Variations on the Works and Lives of Milman Parry
 and Albert Lord
 Galia Valtchinova  104
 Enver Hoxha's Role in the Development of Socialist
 Albanian Myths
 M.J. Alex Standish  115
 
Part III. NATIONALIST HISTORIOGRAPHY OR FRIENDS, FOES AND HEROES
 The Myth of Ali Pasha and the Bektashis: The Construction
 of an 'Albanian Bektashi National History'
 Nathalie Clayer 127
 Perceptions and Reality in Twentieth-Century Albanian
 Military Prowess
 Bernd J. Fischer  134
 Smoke Without Fire? Albania, SOE and the Communist
 'Conspiracy Theory'
 Roderick Bailey  143
 
Part IV MYTHS AND CONTESTED BOUNDARIES
 'Shkolla Shqipe' and Nationhood: Albanians in Pursuit
 of Education in the Native Language in Interwar
 (1918-41) and Post-Autonomy (1989-98) Kosovo
 Denisa Kostovicova  157
 The Perception of the Albanians in Greece in the
 1830s and '40s: The Role of the Press
 Elias Skoulidas  172



 North American Albanian Immigration: Narratives on
 Political Myths
 Annie Lafontaine 182
 Culture and the Reinvention of Myths in a Border Area
 Gilles de Rapper 190
 
Part V. MYTHS OF DEMOCRACY, DEVELOPMENT AND THE FUTURE
 Myths and New Forms of Governance in Albania
 Mariella Pandolfi 203
 Youth NGOs in Albania: Civil Society Development,
 Local Cultural Constructions of Democracy, and
 Strategies of Survival at Work
 Nicola Mai 215
 Conspiracy Theories in Albanian Politics and Media
 Fabian Schmidt 226