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“Conversations in misspelled English”: Partial Comprehension and Linguistic Borderlands in Tomas Tranströmer’s Östersjöar. En dikt (Baltics)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies, Finnish, Dutch, and German.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7306-2160
2019 (English)In: The Aesthetics and Politics of Linguistic Borders: Multilingualism in Northern European Literature / [ed] Heidi Grönstrand, Markus Huss, Ralf Kauranen, New York: Taylor & Francis, 2019, p. 176-198Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter examines the work of the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, who is widely known around the world and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2011. It argues for the need to re-examine canonical works of Nordic literature from the perspective of literary multilingualism, in order to achieve a better historical understanding and aesthetic appreciation of them. Markus Huss also addresses the concept of literary multilingualism itself, calling for an expanded notion that includes multimodal dimensions, such as visual and aural components. Following these two aims, Huss analyses Tranströmer’s long poem Östersjöar. En dikt (Baltics), demonstrating how its overarching theme of the border connects to a focus on the acoustic and visual dimensions of language. He underscores the importance of the acoustic sphere of literary multilingualism, which he claims to be a fundamental component of a multidimensional understanding of literary multilingualism.

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New York: Taylor & Francis, 2019. p. 176-198
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Routledge Critical Studies in Multilingualism ; 21
Keywords [en]
literary multilingualism, tomas tranströmer, acoustics, bordering, multimodality
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General Literature Studies
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Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-175446ISBN: 9780367203153 (print)ISBN: 9780429260834 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-175446DiVA, id: diva2:1366147
Available from: 2019-10-28 Created: 2019-10-28 Last updated: 2019-12-02Bibliographically approved

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