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Finland at War on Screen since 1989: Affirmative Historiography ad Prosthetic Memory
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education.
2013 (English)In: European Cultural Memory Post-89 / [ed] Conny Mithander, John Sundholm, Adrian velicu, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2013, 209-239 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter deals with Finnish cultural memory post-89 through an

analysis of Finnish war films and their reception during the years

1989-2007. The discursive formation of Tuntematon Sotilas (The Unknown

Soldier) is used as a point of departure for the study. It is argued

that the discursive formation is characterised by four discourses:

the historical discourse, the discourse of the witness, the discourse of

victimisation and the discourse of the defensive victory, which remain

intact despite radical turns in Finnish history and foreign policy since

the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Thus, although there is a change

into post-modern cultural memory the hegemony of previous discourses

are not overturned due to a persistent nationalist and affirmative


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2013. 209-239 p.
European Studies, ISSN 1568-1858 ; 30
Keyword [en]
Finnish cinema, Tuntematon sotilas, Memory Studies
National Category
Studies on Film
Research subject
Film Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-26236ISBN: 978-90-420-3618-5 (print)ISBN: 978-94-012-0889-5 (print)OAI: diva2:604252
Available from: 2013-02-08 Created: 2013-02-08 Last updated: 2015-12-30Bibliographically approved

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