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“The Clearance Sale of Ideals” – Henry Parland and Finland-Swedish Literary Modernism, 1928–1930
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
2019 (English)In: A Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries 1925–1950 / [ed] Benedikt Hjartarson, Andrea Kollnitz, Per Stounbjerg, Tania Ørum, Leiden: Brill Rodopi , 2019, p. 713-729Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Finland-Swedish writer Henry Parland (1908–1930) contributed to the avant-garde magazine Quosego and published a collection of poetry, Idealrealisation (Ideals Clearance,1929), in Helsinki before he was exiled to Kaunas, Lithuania. Inspired by the Russian formalist Viktor Shklovsky, he wrote essays on modern literature, film and theatre. He also wrote an experimental novel, Sönder (om framkallning av Veloxpapper) (To Pieces (on the Development of Velox Paper)).

In his texts Parland embraces modernity. He salutes everyday objects, money, machines, jazz, film and photography, ratherthan traditional literary values such as humanity, nature and abstraction. He does not look for tradition or profundity; he is interested in the present and the surface. He also criticises ideas and ideals, old and new. The idea that literary value or aesthetic valueis autonomous and superior to economic value is not supported by Parland. This essay argues that this radical inversion of values may be the central avant-garde quality in Parland’s modernism.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Leiden: Brill Rodopi , 2019. p. 713-729
Series
Avant-Garde Critical Studies, ISSN 1387-3008 ; 36
Keywords [en]
Avant-Garde, Finland-Swedish Modernism, poetry, Russian Formalism, Futurism, Neue Sachlichkeit, Henry Parland, To Pieces
Keywords [sv]
avantgarde, finlandssvensk modernism, poesi, rysk formalism, futurism, Neue Sachlichkeit, Henry Parland, Sönder
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General Literature Studies
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Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-168192DOI: 10.1163/9789004388291_042ISBN: 9789004366794 (print)ISBN: 9789004388291 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-168192DiVA, id: diva2:1306682
Available from: 2019-04-24 Created: 2019-04-24 Last updated: 2019-04-24Bibliographically approved

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