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Norrland som identitet och periferi
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies. (Arcum)
2016 (Swedish)In: Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap, ISSN 1104-0556, E-ISSN 2001-094X, no 3-4, 25-34 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Norrland as Identity and Periphery

In this article I discuss the attempt, on the part of Swedish authors Pelle Molin, Olof Högberg and Gustav Hedenvind-Eriksson, to construct a Norrlandic identity around the turn of the twentieth century. Although Norrland is a part of Sweden, it has often been looked upon as something "other". Historically, there is a long tradition of viewing Norrland as a periphery, and as the great unknown. From the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when Norrland first became a concept to the rest of Sweden, it was as region lacking an identity of its own. Norrland was regarded as an object for the central power of Sweden, a view that might be labelled "colonial". Norrland was fundamentally conceived of as exotic "nature" – that is, as the opposite of culture – due to the fact that it supplied the natural resources which helped to create wealth in Sweden: the forests, the ore fields, and hydropower. The end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th witnessed attempts to construct another Norrland, with a history and a cultural identity of its own. It is particularly in fiction that this different Norrland begins to come into being.

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2016. no 3-4, 25-34 p.
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Cultural Identity, Post-colonial litersture, periphery, Pelle Molin, Olof Högberg
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-131784OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-131784DiVA: diva2:1076056
Available from: 2017-02-21 Created: 2017-02-21 Last updated: 2017-05-02Bibliographically approved

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