Article | Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007 | Writing the Nation. On Ulf Lundell’s “Öppna landskap”

Title:
Writing the Nation. On Ulf Lundell’s “Öppna landskap”
Author:
Ulf Lindberg: Dept. of School Teacher Education, 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.:
037
Pages:
351-359
No. of pages:
9
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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As Benedict Anderson made clear in 1991; the media are superior creators and perpetuators of nations as imagined communities. Ulf Lundell’s ”Öppna landskap” (”Open landscapes”; 1982) is a song that was immediately appropriated as kind of new national anthem; no matter which were the artist’s intentions. In line with this; my interest in the song focuses on the way it represents an update of “Swedishness” at a time when a national identity crisis is approaching. I will depart from that key feature of Romanticism which literary critic Horace Engdahl has named ”the living gaze” and; to Lundell’s generation; connects the Swedish visa tradition to rock in Swedish. Theories of the experience society; post-colonial criticism and eco criticism are used to discuss the presuppositions of Lundell’s effort.

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

Author:
Ulf Lindberg
Title:
Writing the Nation. On Ulf Lundell’s “Öppna landskap”
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Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Author:
Ulf Lindberg
Title:
Writing the Nation. On Ulf Lundell’s “Öppna landskap”
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