1998-12-15Zeitschriftenartikel DOI: 10.18452/7720
Verlorenes Paradies? Nachbar im Osten? Terra incognita?
Zur Konstruktion von Geschichte und Heimat in der schwedischsprachigen Literatur nach 1945
The theoretical discussion usually labelled “Constructivism”, which has prevailed in historical and literary studies, in later years, has centered on the problem of the implicit relativity of all descriptions and analysis of social realities – past and presence. Analysing four literary texts more or less concentrating on the history of the Baltic States, the escape of the Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians in the wake of the Soviet occupation to Sweden, as well as, on their preceptions of the new “Homeland” and the complicated relations between the Swedes and the Baltic immigrants, the essay is an attempt to illustrate the fundamental complexity of reproducing a clear and un-controversial picture of historical events. Hence, fiction, due to its particular type of explanatory and communicative power, can play a significant, but of course limited, role in explaining this opaque and controversial piece of national history.
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