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Humour and Shifting Language Borders in Umayya Abu-Hanna's Auto-fictional Novel Sinut
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies, Finnish, Dutch, and German, Finnish.
2020 (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, 2020, p. 114-129Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter addresses autobiography as a genre which has an important role in bringing into discussion issues of changing linguistic borders. Heidi Grönstrand looks specifically at the multilingual traits of Abu-Hanna’s literary language in Sinut (You), a story that portrays the life of Umayya Abu-Hanna, who in the beginning of the 1980s moved from Palestine to Finland. The story foregrounds the narrator-protagonist’s efforts to meet the required language standards in Finnish, but the border between her language use and the norm remains sharp. Because the protagonist’s collisions with the language border are almost comedic, humour becomes an important means by which a demand for a change of attitudes towards interpretations of questions of language and belonging is signalled. The main language of Sinut is Finnish, but by including long passages in English and giving space to the newcomer’s language, which is characterized by creativity and innovation, Umayya Abu-Hanna widens the language repertoire of Finnish literature.

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New York: Taylor & Francis, 2020. p. 114-129
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Routledge critical studies in multilingualism ; 21
Keywords [en]
multilingualism, literary multilingualism
Keywords [sv]
flerspråkighet, litterär flerspråkighet
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General Literature Studies
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Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-176270ISBN: 978-0-367-20315-3 (print)ISBN: 978-0-429-26083-4 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-176270DiVA, id: diva2:1373508
Available from: 2019-11-27 Created: 2019-11-27 Last updated: 2019-12-02Bibliographically approved

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