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  • 1.
    Salomonsson, Anna
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Film and Literature.
    Flugan och förtrycket: Det koloniala och patriarkala våldets individuella och universella aspekter i Sofi Oksanens Utrensning2014In: Edda. Nordisk tidsskrift for litteraturforskning, ISSN 0013-0818, E-ISSN 1500-1989, Vol. 101, no 1, p. 52-66Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Sofi Oksanen’s novel Purge (2008) unfolds in Estoniaat the time of the cultural transition from Sovietcommunism to European capitalism and is depictedfrom the viewpoint of two women, both of whomhave experienced systematic violence. However,Oksanen portrays the women as ambivalent individualswho do not automatically solidarise with eachother and who are capable of violence in breakingfree from oppression. In this article I argue that thecharacters’ ambivalence is due to the psychologicaleffects of colonial and sexual violence and thatthese feelings are rendered visible when examiningthe field of tension between their different experiences.Based on theories by Fanon and Mohanty, Ianalyse the characters’ regaining of self-agency inrelation to communist and capitalist epistemologies.In this way I intend to show that Purge can be readas a postcolonial and feminist novel pointing towarda universalism constituted by two women’s individualexperiences in an Estonian context.

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    Salomonsson, Anna
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Film and Literature.
    Motstånd i litteratur2019In: Svenskläraren: medlemsblad för Svensklärarföreningen, ISSN 0346-2412, Vol. 63, no 1, p. 24-25Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Skrivande i allmänhet och skönlitterärt skrivande i synnerhet har ofta fungerat som en arena för motstånd mot politisk och kulturell makt. Det finns gott om historiska exempel på litterära verk i vilka marginaliserade synsätt och röster har tagit plats och utmanat etablerade föreställningar. Sådana litterära exempel kan användas i undervisningen för att öka förståelsen för vad litteratur är och kan vara.

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    Salomonsson, Anna
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Film and Literature.
    Människan och skogen: Makt- och ekokritik i Sara Lidmans Hjortronlandet2018In: Norrlandslitteratur: Ekokritiska perspektiv / [ed] Peter Degerman, Anders E. Johansson, Anders Öhman, Göteborg & Stockholm: Makadam Förlag, 2018, p. 135-150Chapter in book (Other academic)
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    Salomonsson, Anna
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Film and Literature.
    "Skeendet på stället": Röster och samtidigheter i tre verk av Sara Lidman2017Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
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    This thesis examines how cultural encounters and asymmetrical power relationships are depicted in three works by Sara Lidman (1923–2004): Hjortronlandet (“Cloudberry Land”) from 1955, Med fem diamanter (“With Five Diamonds”) from 1964 and Samtal i Hanoi (“Conversations in Hanoi”) from 1966. They are set in three very different colonial contexts, northern Sweden in the early 20th century, Kenya in the early 1960’s and Vietnam in 1965, and take place in a time of transition when an agricultural, local way of life is challenged by a Eurocentric understanding of modernity and knowledge. In accordance with the postcolonial perspective the notions of modernity and colonialism are intimately intertwined in this analysis. Dichotomies such as centre and periphery, coloniser and colonised are problematised in the texts, and this study explores further the complexities that emerge in the encounters described. In terms of identity this also implicates ambivalence, individually as well as groupwise. In all three titles the ambivalence is shown at different levels of the texts, both thematically, narratologically and stylistically. I suggest that the literary reportage Samtal i Hanoi contains many aesthetic features similar to those found in the two novels, despite the difference in genres due to their relation to reality. Consequently, this implies that there is not a sharp distinction between Lidman as an author of novels and of documentary writing. The thesis also discusses the problem of representing the other’s voice, in a political sense as well as in the sense of literary writing, and the continual striving to do so as respectfully as possible. Regarding Lidman’s dialogic aestehics, this ambition is manifested for instance in a subversive use of language, of intertextuality and of hegemonic symbols and metaphors. By studying the dialogic tensions of concurrent, and sometimes opposing, voices in the texts, I show that the subversive literary strategies in Lidman’s works often create a certain discursive space which problematises not only the conceptions of Eurocentric modernity and knowledge but also contains an ethical appeal which reaches far beyond the text.

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