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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 11/25/2015)