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Whatever Happened to the Black Swedes?: Ola Larsmo’s Maroonberget
University of Wisconsin, USA.
2008 (English)In: Journal of Northern Studies, ISSN 1654-5915, no 1, 79-96 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines how historical fiction can impact a nation’s narrative of itself, and hence, issues of national identity. Ola Larsmo’s Maroonberget (1996) presents a story that challenges the narrative of Swedish homogeneity by tracing a history of black Swedes back to the 1700s. The novel undermines binary oppositions such as white/black and Swede/Immigrant by positing a model of hybridity. The reception of the novel in the Swedish press is examined in order to gauge the reactions to Larsmo’s novel in the contemporary cultural debate.

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Umeå: Umeå University & The Royal Skyttean Society , 2008. no 1, 79-96 p.
Keyword [en]
Ola Larsmo, Maroonberget, Badin, historical fiction, national identity, racism, multiculturalism, hybridity, Swedish literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-43306OAI: diva2:412935
Available from: 2011-05-03 Created: 2011-04-26 Last updated: 2011-05-03Bibliographically approved

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