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“Incisive, Dissonant” Rationality vs. Aesthetic Modernism: Hedenius and Trotzig

Edith Södergran’s Genderqueer Modernism

College of Letters & Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53607, USA
Humanities 2021, 10(1), 28;
Received: 1 January 2021 / Revised: 1 February 2021 / Accepted: 3 February 2021 / Published: 5 February 2021
This essay reads Edith Södergran’s poetic subject in Dikter (Poems) (1916) as multiple and, in their complex negotiation and revision of the cultural body assigned female at birth, representative of a gender expansiveness that we can identify today as trans and genderqueer. These queer readings of Södergran’s poems seek to move away from traditional interpretations of her work while resisting the application of fixed meanings onto them. Locating potential manifestations, opposed to identifications, of trans expression can open up new possibilities for understanding the complexity of Södergran’s writing and how contemporary readers can consider their own positionality as they navigate and renegotiate their place in the queer worlds Södergran built. This essay argues that Edith Södergran’s avant-gardist world-building of materially and aesthetically genderqueer poetic subjects contributes to her own revolutionary brand of Finland-Swedish modernism. View Full-Text
Keywords: modernism; poetry; genderqueer; queer theory; Finland; Swedish; transgender modernism; poetry; genderqueer; queer theory; Finland; Swedish; transgender
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