Article | Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007 | Literature and Diversity

Title:
Literature and Diversity
Author:
Magnus Nilsson: Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM), Malmö University, Sweden
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Year:
2007
Conference:
Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007
Issue:
025
Article no.:
047
Pages:
443-447
No. of pages:
5
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2007-11-27
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


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In this article I describe how contemporary Swedish literature which thematizes cultural diversity is understood within a powerful discourse about the so-called multicultural society; centred on an opposition between a culturally homogenous past and a culturally diverse present; and emphasizing the phenomena ethnicity and identity. I also try to suggest an alternative way of relating literature to a society characterized by diversity. This suggestion is based on Walter Benn Michaels’ and Nancy Fraser’s analyses of the epoch of “posthistoricism” and “the postsocialist condition” respectively; and my argument is that the study of the relationship between literature and diversity should be undertaken from a transformative/deconstructive perspective.

Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Author:
Magnus Nilsson
Title:
Literature and Diversity
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Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Author:
Magnus Nilsson
Title:
Literature and Diversity
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