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Political dimensions in Aino Kallas's texts
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
2013 (English)In: Journal of Baltic Studies, ISSN 0162-9778, E-ISSN 1751-7877, Vol. 44, no 4, 527-539 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article focuses on how the Finnish-Estonian literary author Aino Kallas (1878-1956) worked with fact and fiction in order to activate a political dimension in her works. I offer an interpretation inspired by the literary theorist Jacques Ranciere, whereby the short story Bernhard Riives is discussed in terms of the creation of new political subjects. When Kallas toured the USA and Canada in 1926 she opened her recitals by giving a historical background that could explain the events of her fictive story. The interplay between fact and fiction politicized both the original story and the event of the public reading, I argue, but in ways that were out of the control of the author.

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Routledge, 2013. Vol. 44, no 4, 527-539 p.
Keyword [en]
Aino Kallas, politics of literature, nationalism
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History of Ideas
Research subject
History of Sciences and Ideas
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-210372DOI: 10.1080/01629778.2013.845851ISI: 000327244800005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-210372DiVA: diva2:662149
Available from: 2013-11-06 Created: 2013-11-06 Last updated: 2014-01-14Bibliographically approved

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