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Author Leonard, Peter S
Title Imagining Themselves: National Belongings in Post-Ethnic Nordic Literature
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Descript 179 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 72-07, Section: A, page: 2421
Adviser: Ann-Charlotte Gavel Adams
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Washington, 2011
This work examines Swedish literature published during the 2000s in the context of larger debates about individual and collective belonging in Scandinavia. In each of three chapters, I describe a broad thematic domain in which I situate and compare works of poetry, prose and plays by authors such as Jonas Khemiri, Alejandro Wenger, Johannes Anyuru and Marjaneh Bakhtiari. In the first chapter, I examine the domain of Homogeneity/ Heterogeneity, describing a transition from monolithic to multiple, overlapping belongings. The second chapter concerns the domain of Transparency/ Opacity, and the legibility or opaqueness of bodies, language and clothing as markers of identity. The third and final domain, Center/Periphery, contains articulations of the public sphere at two different extremes of Swedish geography: the historic center city and the post-war suburbs. In my conclusion, I summarize how these literary works have both reflected and refracted discussions of national belonging in a time of global migration and increased cultural diversity in Northern Europe
School code: 0250
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 72-07A
Subject African Studies
Literature, Scandinavian and Icelandic
Scandinavian Studies
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0362
0613
Alt Author University of Washington
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