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Uteslutna associationer, språkvåld och återideologisering hos Anna Hallberg och Lars Mikael Raattamaa

Journal article
Authors Johan Alfredsson
Published in Samlaren : tidskrift för svensk litteraturvetenskaplig forskning
Volume 138
Pages 23-52
ISSN 0348-6133
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion
Pages 23-52
Language sv
Keywords Contemporary Poetry, Anna Hallberg, Lars Mikael Raattamaa, Jean-Jacques Lecercle, the Remainder of Language, Politics of Form
Subject categories Specific Literatures, General Literature Studies, Linguistics


The purpose of this article is to study what the French linguist Jean-Jacques Lecercle identified as ”the remainder of language” in his book The Violence of Language (1990), and how this is being put into play in two poetry books from 2008, by the Swedish poets Anna Hallberg and Lars Mikael Raattamaa. By explicitly challenging a large number of conventions of language, typography, and poetry, these books raise critical issues on how the language system works. These issues specifically concern what parts and aspects of language are allowed in within the linguistic system, and what parts and aspects are being kept out. These regulational mechanisms are demonstrated, and scrutinised, in these books – giving them touches of meta-critique, as well as of ideology critique. This scrutiny not only shows the relevance of identifying and understanding the mechanisms of exclusion that Lecercle identified within academic linguistics 25 years ago. It also brings them into contemporary society, where they – due to globalisation, and technological development – have disseminated, and become part of almost everyone’s daily experience. The results of the article stress how this dissemination increases the societal relevance of the kind of scrutiny undertaken by Hallberg and Raattamaa, and how it can assist in re-ideologising language.

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