Mikael Niemi's "Popular Music from Vittula"
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This paper explains that Swedish author Mikael Niemi's novel "Popular Music from Vittula", about coming of age in rural Sweden in the 1960s, is an example of postcolonialism literature that has a perfect blend of protagonist, subject and aesthetic. The paer describes postcolonialism literature as having a theme of ideological and psychological change; whereby, the original cultural world of the postcolonial author has been changed forever by an outside nation or culture so it cannot be rejected. The paper then states that in this book the harsh climate and the values of the land seem isolated from the rest of mainstream Swedish society; however, as in other novels of colonialism, the larger culture is always intruding in visible and invisible ways, just as the boys on the cusp of adolescence and adulthood are being forced to grow up.
From the Paper:"Niemi's tale takes place in the Swedish town of Pajala, a place so remote it might be another nation to many readers, including Swedes. On reviewer observed that the residents are: "looked down upon by the Swedes for being too Finnish and by the Finnish for being too Swedish, the people of Pajala share a universally accepted inferiority complex that is dutifully passed on to the next generation." In short, the residents embody the colonial paradox of being despised for their origins, yet those who attempt to assume any of the culture or follow the rules of the occupiers or dominant culture are mocked by members of that culture."
Sample of Sources Used:
- "Colonialism." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology. Oxford University Press,2002, 2003. Answers.com 21 May. 2007. http://www.answers.com/topic/colonialism
- DeHay, Terry. "What is Post Colonial Studies?" 2007. 21 May 2007. http://www.sou.edu/English/IDTC/Issues/postcol/postdef.htm
- Niemi, Mikael. Popular Music. Seven Stories Press. 2003.
- "Popular Music." Book Awards and National Lecture. YoungMinds Magazine (UK).2003. http://www.youngminds.org.uk/bookaward/2003/niemi.php
- "Popular Music--Niemi, Mikael." 2004. Readme. 21 May 2007. http://www.readme.cc/main.php/en/books_10000/books_10200/book.php?bid=1397
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