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Flugan och förtrycket: Det koloniala och patriarkala våldets individuella och universella aspekter i Sofi Oksanens Utrensning
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Film and Literature. (Concurrences)
2014 (Swedish)In: Edda. Nordisk tidsskrift for litteraturforskning, ISSN 0013-0818, Vol. 101, no 1, 52-66 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sofi Oksanen’s novel Purge (2008) unfolds in Estoniaat the time of the cultural transition from Sovietcommunism to European capitalism and is depictedfrom the viewpoint of two women, both of whomhave experienced systematic violence. However,Oksanen portrays the women as ambivalent individualswho do not automatically solidarise with eachother and who are capable of violence in breakingfree from oppression. In this article I argue that thecharacters’ ambivalence is due to the psychologicaleffects of colonial and sexual violence and thatthese feelings are rendered visible when examiningthe field of tension between their different experiences.Based on theories by Fanon and Mohanty, Ianalyse the characters’ regaining of self-agency inrelation to communist and capitalist epistemologies.In this way I intend to show that Purge can be readas a postcolonial and feminist novel pointing towarda universalism constituted by two women’s individualexperiences in an Estonian context.

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Universitetsforlaget, 2014. Vol. 101, no 1, 52-66 p.
Keyword [sv]
Sofi Oksanen, Purge/Puhdistus, postkolonialism, feminism, Fanon, Mohanty
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General Literature Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Comparative literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-34471OAI: diva2:720299
Available from: 2014-05-28 Created: 2014-05-28 Last updated: 2014-06-04Bibliographically approved

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