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Sandbacka, Kasimir. "Metamodernism in Liksom’s Compartment No. 6." CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 19.1 (2017): <>

Metamodernism in Liksom’s compartment no. 6

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Author: Sandbacka, Kasimir1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu
Format: article
Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Purdue University Press, 2017
Publish Date: 2017-03-28


In his paper “Metamodernism in Liksom’s Compartment no. 6” Kasimir Sandbacka examines Rosa Liksom’s latest novel Compartment No. 6 (2011). Liksom is considered to be one of the most prominent Finnish postmodernists. However, Compartment No. 6 has been seen by critics as a shift or return towards modernism or even realism. Sandbacka concurs with this observation but maintains that this is an insufficient analysis of the change in Liksom’s writing. He argues that the change is related to the transformation of the cultural dominant, namely postmodernism. In dialogue with Jameson’s theory of postmodernism, Sandbacka discusses recent theories of post-postmodernism and metamodernism that suggest a new term is needed to describe the cultural dominant of our present era. He reads Compartment No. 6 in light of these theories and suggests that the novel makes use of metamodernist techniques to suspend postmodern suspicion and to revive utopian desire.

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Series: CLCWeb. Comparative literature and culture
ISSN: 1481-4374
ISSN-E: 1481-4374
ISSN-L: 1481-4374
Volume: 19
Issue: 1
Article number: 7
DOI: 10.7771/1481-4374.2891
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 6122 Literature studies
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