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Svenskheten som en dröm: En postkolonial litteraturanalys av Miika Nousiainens roman Hallonbåtsflyktingen
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Film and Literature.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Swedishness as a dream : A postcolonial literary analysis of Miika Nousiainen’s novel Hallonbåtsflyktingen (English)
Abstract [en]

This study is a postcolonial literary analysis of Miika Nousiainen’s novel Hallonbåtsflyktingen from 2007. The aim is to analyse how Sweden and Finland, along with the Swedish and Finnish characters, are portrayed in the novel. Through a close norm-critical reading and with postcolonial theory as a basis, the content and characters in the novel have been analysed. The result shows that the Finnish characters are portrayed in stereotyped patterns and described in general forms. A dichotomy of “us” and “the others” is created in the novel. The Finnish characters and Finnish culture are described negatively and constantly contrasted with positive descriptions of Sweden and Swedes. If literature teaching in school gives pupils knowledge and skills in postcolonial reading of literature, they may learn to identify and analyse negative portrayals. This might makes it possible to break down their assumptions and prejudices, and instead they become critical individuals who act in a global context. By comparing how different nationalities and cultures are presented, pupils can potentially begin to reflect on themselves and their picture of the Other.

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2017. , p. 21
Keywords [en]
Literature, postcolonialism, colonialism, Hallonbåtsflyktingen, orientalism, stereotypes, Finland, Sweden
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Humanities General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-60178OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-60178DiVA, id: diva2:1068282
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Litteraturvetenskap
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Lärarprogrammet, inriktning mot verksamhet i grundskolans senare år och gymnasiet
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