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Blackness, Religion, Aesthetics: Johannes Anyuru's Literary Explorations of Migration and Diaspora
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
2014 (English)In: Nordlit, ISSN 0809-1668, E-ISSN 1503-2086, no 31, 59-70 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article analyses deconstructions of the European construct from the vantage point of how skin colour, physical appearance and religion have been used for drawing boundaries between white, Christian Europe and the black, Muslim world. The analysis is based on literary texts by the Afro-Swedish author Johannes Anyuru. The article proposes that his first collection of poems from 2003, the first novel from 2010 and a multifaceted text from 2011, which is a kind of diary on the surface level, contribute to the shaping of new notions of belonging, home and identity that challenge ideas of cultural purity and homogeneity. On the level of aesthetics the texts exemplify a diaspora aesthetic characterized by hybridization. This involves a mixture of elements from various stylistic registers and locations from within and outside Europe.

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2014. no 31, 59-70 p.
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Johannes Anyuru, Afro-Swedishness, diaspora aesthetics, hybridization, skin colour, Islam
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-91245OAI: diva2:735390
Available from: 2014-07-26 Created: 2014-07-26 Last updated: 2015-05-09Bibliographically approved

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