Advanced search
1 file | 203.01 KB

“Away from Here to Tjottahejti” : spatial and sexual (re-)orientation in places of secondariness in contemporary Swedish fiction

Author
Organization
Abstract
This chapter analyses how Swedish suburbs and small towns are represented as places of secondariness in contemporary Swedish fiction and film. Drawing on Sara Ahmed’s critical phenomenology, the approach taken focuses on the body as the primary site of perceiving the (sub)urban environment and on the connection between spatial and sexual (re-)orientation. The main interest concerns children and young adult protagonists who feel stuck in the place where they are growing up: in housing estates that were built as part of the Swedish public housing programme, implemented in the 1960s and 1970s. The young protagonists experience their urban living places as places of secondariness and are desperate to make their way to a place beyond small-town limitations and heteronormative confinement, a place which offers the promise of alternative ways of living and loving.
Keywords
Contemporary Swedish fiction Swedish public housing Critical phenomenology Body and place Sexual identity Feeling stuck in places of secondariness

Downloads

  • Away from here published version.pdf
    • full text
    • |
    • open access
    • |
    • PDF
    • |
    • 203.01 KB

Citation

Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:

Chicago
Wennerscheid, Sophie. 2017. “‘Away from Here to Tjottahejti’ : Spatial and Sexual (re-)orientation in Places of Secondariness in Contemporary Swedish Fiction.” In Literary Second Cities, ed. Jason Finch and Lieven Ameel, 195–216. Basingtoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
APA
Wennerscheid, S. (2017). “Away from Here to Tjottahejti” : spatial and sexual (re-)orientation in places of secondariness in contemporary Swedish fiction. In J. Finch & L. Ameel (Eds.), Literary second cities (pp. 195–216). Basingtoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Vancouver
1.
Wennerscheid S. “Away from Here to Tjottahejti” : spatial and sexual (re-)orientation in places of secondariness in contemporary Swedish fiction. In: Finch J, Ameel L, editors. Literary second cities. Basingtoke: Palgrave Macmillan; 2017. p. 195–216.
MLA
Wennerscheid, Sophie. “‘Away from Here to Tjottahejti’ : Spatial and Sexual (re-)orientation in Places of Secondariness in Contemporary Swedish Fiction.” Literary Second Cities. Ed. Jason Finch & Lieven Ameel. Basingtoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 195–216. Print.
@incollection{8501644,
  abstract     = {This chapter analyses how Swedish suburbs and small towns are represented as places of secondariness in contemporary Swedish fiction and film. Drawing on Sara Ahmed{\textquoteright}s critical phenomenology, the approach taken focuses on the body as the primary site of perceiving the (sub)urban environment and on the connection between spatial and sexual (re-)orientation. The main interest concerns children and young adult protagonists who feel stuck in the place where they are growing up: in housing estates that were built as part of the Swedish public housing programme, implemented in the 1960s and 1970s. The young protagonists experience their urban living places as places of secondariness and are desperate to make their way to a place beyond small-town limitations and heteronormative confinement, a place which offers the promise of alternative ways of living and loving.},
  author       = {Wennerscheid, Sophie},
  booktitle    = {Literary second cities},
  editor       = {Finch, Jason and Ameel, Lieven},
  isbn         = {978-3-319-62718-2},
  keyword      = {Contemporary Swedish fiction Swedish public housing Critical phenomenology Body and place Sexual identity Feeling stuck in places of secondariness},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {195--216},
  publisher    = {Palgrave Macmillan},
  title        = {{\textquotedblleft}Away from Here to Tjottahejti{\textquotedblright} : spatial and sexual (re-)orientation in places of secondariness in contemporary Swedish fiction},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-62719-9},
  year         = {2017},
}

Altmetric
View in Altmetric