Dark humor, irony, and the collaborative narrativizations of regional belonging
1Geography Research Unit, Oulu University, Oulu, FI-90014, Finland
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|Publish Date:|| 2020-05-26
In literary geography there is a relatively long history of studying regional narratives, but less focus has been placed on how senses of spatial belonging and identity become actualized through the reception and reinterpretations of regional literatures. This article discusses how Meänkieli-speaking minorities in northern Sweden narrativize their shifting spatial identities through regional literature, specifically Mikael Niemi’s successful humorous novel Populärmusik från Vittula (2000). The article approaches the literary work simultaneously through the critical analysis of the book’s content, readers’ interpretations, and the interconnections between the author, the reader, and wider social circumstances. The analysis is based on group discussions conducted in northern Sweden between September 2015 and February 2016. As an outcome of these discussions, it emerged how different manners of approaching the irony and dark humor of Niemi’s book divide people’s senses of regional belonging and launch the alternative, confronting conceptions of “who we are.”
|Pages:||69 - 85|
|Type of Publication:||
A1 Journal article – refereed
|Field of Science:||
519 Social and economic geography
6122 Literature studies
520 Other social sciences
616 Other humanities
Research was financially supported by the Kone Foundation–Finland.
Copyright © 2019 Informa UK Limited. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in GeoHumanities on 26 Nov 2018, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/2373566X.2018.1536444.