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Authors:Ulf Lindberg: Dept. of School Teacher Education, Malmö University, Sweden
Publication title:Writing the Nation. On Ulf Lundell’s “Öppna landskap”
Conference:Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11–13 June 2007
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Article No.:037
Abstract: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.
No. of pages:9
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet

Ulf Lindberg (2007). Writing the Nation. On Ulf Lundell’s “Öppna landskap”, Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11–13 June 2007;article=037 (accessed 9/24/2014)