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Swedish "Immigrant Literature" and the Ethnic Lens: The Representation of Cultural Diversity in Jonas Hassen Khemiri's Ett öga rött and Marjaneh Bakhtiari's Kalla det vad fan du vill

Swedish "Immigrant Literature" and the Ethnic Lens: The Representation of Cultural Diversity in... The Representation of Cultural Diversity in Jonas Hassen Khemiri's Ett öga rött and Marjaneh Bakhtiari's Kalla det vad fan du vill Magnus Nilsson Malmö University Swedish "Immigrant Literature" and the Ethnic Lens n recent years, overwhelming attention has been devoted to "immigrant literature" in Sweden as evidenced above all by the commercial success and critical acclaim since the mid 1990s of what Wolfgang Behschnitt has called the "second generation" of immigrant writers (Behschnitt). This attention has been occasioned by the emergence of a new national self-image in which Sweden is conceived of as a society, which, because of immigration, has become multicultural i.e. characterized by a high degree of ethnic diversity and marked by a fundamental dichotomy between Swedish and immigrant culture (Nilsson, "Literature and Diversity"; "Litteratur etnicitet"). Above all, this self-image generates interest in "immigrant literature" as an expression of "the new multicultural reality" (Behschnitt and Mohnike, "Interkulturelle" 83; Mohnike, "Doppelte" 150; Nilsson, "Literature and Diversity"; "Litteratur etnicitet"). More specifically, this kind of literature is expected to express the writers' respective ethnic cultures and thus function as a source of information about the non-Swedish ethnic cultures that make Sweden a multicultural society. The ideological consequences of this http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Scandinavian Studies Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study

Swedish "Immigrant Literature" and the Ethnic Lens: The Representation of Cultural Diversity in Jonas Hassen Khemiri's Ett öga rött and Marjaneh Bakhtiari's Kalla det vad fan du vill

Scandinavian Studies , Volume 84 (1) – Oct 11, 2012

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The Representation of Cultural Diversity in Jonas Hassen Khemiri's Ett öga rött and Marjaneh Bakhtiari's Kalla det vad fan du vill Magnus Nilsson Malmö University Swedish "Immigrant Literature" and the Ethnic Lens n recent years, overwhelming attention has been devoted to "immigrant literature" in Sweden as evidenced above all by the commercial success and critical acclaim since the mid 1990s of what Wolfgang Behschnitt has called the "second generation" of immigrant writers (Behschnitt). This attention has been occasioned by the emergence of a new national self-image in which Sweden is conceived of as a society, which, because of immigration, has become multicultural i.e. characterized by a high degree of ethnic diversity and marked by a fundamental dichotomy between Swedish and immigrant culture (Nilsson, "Literature and Diversity"; "Litteratur etnicitet"). Above all, this self-image generates interest in "immigrant literature" as an expression of "the new multicultural reality" (Behschnitt and Mohnike, "Interkulturelle" 83; Mohnike, "Doppelte" 150; Nilsson, "Literature and Diversity"; "Litteratur etnicitet"). More specifically, this kind of literature is expected to express the writers' respective ethnic cultures and thus function as a source of information about the non-Swedish ethnic cultures that make Sweden a multicultural society. The ideological consequences of this

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Published: Oct 11, 2012

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