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Disaporic Divides: Location and Orientations of "Home" in Pooneh Rohi's Araben
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8200-7980
2018 (English)In: World literatures: exploring the cosmopolitan-vernacular exchange / [ed] Stefan Helgesson, Annika Mörte Alling, Yvonne Lindqvist, Helena Wulff, Stockholm: Stockholm University Press, 2018, p. 119-128Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter draws on a literary anthropological project which explores the social world of the young generation of diaspora writers and their work (fiction, plays, journalism) in Sweden. It uncovers experiences of racism in a country which boasts an ethnically inclusive policy while identifying instances of literary cosmopolitanism from within. Pooneh Rohi´s novel The Arab (2013) circles around the idea of home in terms of homelessness, and the designation “stranger” as the protagonist leads his lonely life in snow-covered Stockholm where he moved decades ago from Iran. For “the Arab” is actually Persian, but is taken to be an Arab in the Swedish context. Sweden is not home to him, he is homeless in his heart. A young woman in the novel is also from Iran, but she is so well integrated that people think she was adopted. Her childhood memories from Iran are now a mirage from the past, a fading scent of salt from the sea. Later, her longing for “that part of the room that is invisible in the mirror” gets stronger.

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Stockholm: Stockholm University Press, 2018. p. 119-128
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Stockholm studies in English, ISSN 0346-6272 ; 3
Keywords [en]
world literatures, location, orientations, diapora, literary anthropology
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Specific Languages Social Anthropology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-164761DOI: 10.16993/bat.kISBN: 9789176350799 (print)ISBN: 9789176350775 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-164761DiVA, id: diva2:1280165
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Riksbankens JubileumsfondAvailable from: 2019-01-18 Created: 2019-01-18 Last updated: 2019-01-18Bibliographically approved

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