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Literature and Diversity

Magnus Nilsson
Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM), Malmö University, Sweden

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

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 25:47, s. 443-447

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Publicerad: 2007-11-27

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ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)

Abstract

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.

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