Den svenska 1840-talsromanen som nationell kartografi
2016 (Swedish)In: Samlaren: tidskrift för svensk litteraturvetenskaplig forskning, ISSN 0348-6133, E-ISSN 2002-3871, Vol. 137, 58-86 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The Swedish novel of the 1840s as national cartography (Den svenska 1840-talsromanen som nationell kartografi)
The Swedish novel of the 1840s maps the nation. Whereas the novels of the 1830s advocate a predominantly cultural nationalism, the nationalism in the novels of the 1840s connects to the national territory. Inspired by Franco Moretti, a map is used as an analytical tool marking out travel routes in Sweden and Norway in 15 novels by the best-selling authors Fredrika Bremer (1801–1865), Sophie von Knorring (1797–1848), Emilie Flygare-Carlén (1807–1892), and C.J.L. Almqvist (1793–1866). The map shows that the national territory is unevenly covered: most of the novels are set in the provinces surrounding the lake Vättern, possibly creating a new water centre for the nation, while Dalecarlia, later to become the ”core province” of Sweden, is still considered too wild and remote. Furthermore, the map shows that borders become the focus of attention as territory gains importance. Geography teaching is a recurrent theme in the novels, and the national map is even portrayed as the body of Mother Svea—national boundaries conjure up an eroticised unity, a body evoking love. Nevertheless, the imagined geographies connecting cultural nationalism to territory also have the paradoxical effect of constructing the provinces as separate national communities. Therefore, external as well as internal borders appear as important narrative sites. Nationalist thought at the beginning of the 19th century was often part of a liberal movement developing the idea of citizenship, and in these novels the borders instigate narratives of citizenship. The borders intensify the promises of the nation-state to the citizen: the border is the site where bodies that do not comply with societal norms can find a place to make their contribution to the nation. However, the border is also the site where citizenship is contested, as unstable law enforcement exposes the characters to lethal violence.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala, 2016. Vol. 137, 58-86 p.
Nationalism, imagined geographies, Fredrika Bremer, Sophie von Knorring, Emilie Flygare-Carlén, C.J.L. Almqvist
nationalism, föreställda geografier, Fredrika Bremer, Sophie von Knorring, Emilie Flygare-Carlén, C.J.L. Almqvist
Humanities and the Arts
Research subject Literature
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-141625OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-141625DiVA: diva2:1087736
ProjectsFörtrollande nationer: varumarknad, folktro och nationalism i skandinavisk skönlitteratur 1830-1850
FunderRiksbankens Jubileumsfond, P15-0506:1