Rasoul Aliakbari's new article "The Arabian Nights in the English Popular Press and the Heterogenization of Nationhood: A Print Cultural Approach to Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities" explores nation-building via Anderson, Edward William Lane, the popular press and The 1001 Nights.
It's a great read and fills some much-needed gaps in terms of popular renditions of the Nights and their relationship with understandings of nation.
If you have academic access you can read it here at Canadian Review of Comparative Literature -
Rasoul Aliakbari is a graduate student at The University of Alberta in Comparative Literature.
I've pasted the abstract/overview below -