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Gebrokken: Refugees, Trauma, and Poetry in Aasne Linnestå’s Morsmål (2012)
2017 (English)In: Samlaren: tidskrift för svensk litteraturvetenskaplig forskning, ISSN 0348-6133, E-ISSN 2002-3871, Vol. 138, p. 5-22Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Elisabeth Oxfeldt, Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, University of Oslo

“Gebrokken”: Refugees, Trauma, and Poetry in Aasne Linnestå’s Morsmål (2012)

This article offers an analysis of Aasne Linnestå’s long poem Morsmål (Mother Tongue) published in 2012. It is a postfeminist poem about an encounter between a Norwegian woman and a refugee woman arriving from outside Europe. Linnestå’s poetic method in capturing this encounter, I argue, can be understood at the intersection of three verbal strategies: that of trauma, that of postmonolingualism, and that of an écriture féminine, all of which entail a kind of broken language and narrative. A central term in Morsmål is precisely the Norwegian word “gebrokken”, from the German “gebrochen”, meaning broken, and used to describe verbal expressions marked by incorrect grammar and accented speech, especially language as it is spoken by people who have a different mother tongue. In order to further explore this interest in non-fluent linguistic expressions, I draw on E. Ann Kaplan’s theory on how trauma can be represented, on Yasemin Yildiz’ discussion of a postmonolingual paradigm, and above all on Julia Kristeva’s understanding of a poetic, rhythmic language linked to bodily experience.

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Uppsala: Svenska Litteratursällskapet, 2017. Vol. 138, p. 5-22
Keywords [en]
Refugees, Linnestå, Postfeminism, Poetry, Postmonolingualism, Trauma
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-343966OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-343966DiVA, id: diva2:1187312
Available from: 2018-03-02 Created: 2018-03-02 Last updated: 2018-03-11Bibliographically approved

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