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I Norrland kan ingen höra dig skrika: En postkolonial läsning av Stefan Spjuts Stallo
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The northern province of Sweden has in both literature and film been depictured as something foreign and mythical, unlike the rest of the country. It has been my purpose to show in this essay that the systematic categorization of Norrland and its literature reveals multiple criteria known to define the colonial era. By reading the novel Stallo by author Stefan Spjut with postcolonial structures in mind I aim to show how the author uses Swedish mythology and through the presence of The Other criticizes colonial structures in place to this day. By examining the gothic atmosphere I intend to indicate how the trolls in the novel figures as both a horror element as well as a representation of nature itself. It is my belief that the author by further reinforcing the mythological in relation to Norrland addresses the problem at hand. That Norrland is still to this day a colony within its own country.

Abstract [sv]

I Norrland kan ingen höra dig skrika. Det är så det norrländska landskapet har framställts inom både litteratur och film i Sverige. Norrland har genom åren gestaltas som något avlägset och mystiskt, nästintill främmande. Helt olikt resterande delar av landet. Det är min avsikt att visa hur den systematiska kategoriseringen av Norrland och dess litteratur avslöjar flera av de kriterier som per definition beskriver kolonism. Genom en postkolonial läsning av spänningsromanen Stallo (2012), av författaren Stefan Spjut, söker jag visa hur författaren genom svensk folklore och genom en övernaturlig närvaro kan kritisera koloniala strukturer.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 31 p.
Keyword [en]
Norrland, colonialism, mythology, gothic, post-colonial structures, The Other, Stefan Spjut, Selma Lagerlof, John Bauer, troll, folklore, folktales
Keyword [sv]
Norrland, Stefan Spjut, Selma Lagerlöf, John Bauer, troll, Den Andre, skräckromantik, naturmystik, gotik, orientalism, kolonialism, mytologi, folklore, sagor
National Category
General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-26171OAI: diva2:784250
Subject / course
Comparative Literature
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2015-01-29 Created: 2015-01-28 Last updated: 2015-01-29Bibliographically approved

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