Literature and diversity

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Publication Conference Paper, peer reviewed
Title Literature and diversity
Author(s) Nilsson, Magnus
Date 2007
English abstract
In this article I describe how contemporary Swedish literature which thematizes cultural diversity is understood within a powerful discourse about the so-called multicultural society, centred on an opposition between a culturally homogenous past and a culturally diverse present, and emphasizing the phenomena ethnicity and identity. I also try to suggest an alternative way of relating literature to a society characterized by diversity. This suggestion is based on Walter Benn Michaels’ and Nancy Fraser’s analyses of the epoch of “posthistoricism” and “the postsocialist condition” respectively, and my argument is that the study of the relationship between literature and diversity should be undertaken from a transformative/deconstructive perspective.
Publisher Linköping University Electronic Press
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) migrant literature
identity politics
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION::Aesthetic subjects::Literature
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS::Ethnicity
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