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Fascisten som anti-fascist: Teratologen, kritiken och litteraturen som vara
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5104-1716
2019 (Swedish)In: Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap, ISSN 1104-0556, E-ISSN 2001-094X, Vol. 49, no 2-3, p. 68-77Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Fascist as Anti-Fascist. Teratologen, Literary Criticism, and the Literary Commodity

The present article takes as its point of departure the debate that ensued when antiracist magazine Expo revealed that Swedish writer Niklas Lundkvist (a.k.a. ”Nikanor Teratologen”) over several years as ”Ezzelino” had published massive amounts of racist and anti-semitic writings in an online forum. The article suggests that Ezzelino’s ideological stance is in fact detectable in Teratologen’s critically acclaimed literary works as well, and asks why Swedish literary critics have been prone to read the latter as an anti-fascist parody of fascist ideology rather than as an attempt to promote fascist views by rendering them aesthetically acceptable. It traces this inclination to the critics’ adherence to a Barthesian conception of textuality, which delivers the critic from having to think of the author as the historical origin of the literary text. The article goes on to suggest that this textual principle is trumped by the fact that literary texts today appear to us as literary commodities, that is, in a form that re-inscribes the authorial function into the literary text as the very product that is on sale. While critics quite rightly point out that one cannot equate Teratologen with Lundkvist, it is not our understanding of Lundkvist’s intentions that are affected by the revelation that Ezzelino and Teratologen are the same person, it is our understanding of how the Teratologen-commodity functions that changes – or at least, that should change, if we want literary criticism to be a means to resist fascist ideologies.

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2019. Vol. 49, no 2-3, p. 68-77
Keywords [sv]
Teratologen, textualitet, kommodifiering, Flashback, fascism
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-177966OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-177966DiVA, id: diva2:1385518
Available from: 2020-01-14 Created: 2020-01-14 Last updated: 2020-02-09Bibliographically approved

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