Writing the nation. On Ulf Lundell's "Öppna landskap"

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Writing the nation. On Ulf Lundell's "Öppna landskap"

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Publication Conference Paper, peer reviewed
Title Writing the nation. On Ulf Lundell's "Öppna landskap"
Author(s) Lindberg, Ulf
Date 2007
English abstract
As Benedict Anderson has made clear, the media are superior creators and perpetuators of nations as imagined communities. Ulf Lundell’s ”Öppna landskap” (”Open landscapes”, 1982) is a song that was immediately appropriated as kind of new national anthem, no matter which were the artist’s intentions. In line with this, my interest in the song focuses on the way it represents an update of Swedishness. I will depart from that key feature of Romanticism which literary critic Horace Engdahl has named ”the living gaze” and follow its vicissitudes through the Swedish visa and rock in Swedish into the contemporary ”experience society”. Finally I will draw on post-colonial and eco criticism to discuss the presuppositions of Lundell’s move.
Link http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/025/ (external link to publication)
Publisher Linkoping university electronic press
ISSN 1650-3686
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) lyrical analysis
nationalist discourse
Humanities/Social Sciences
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/5082 (link to this page)

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