Crippled City: Joel Lehtonen’s Krokelby as a Radical Inversion of Finnish National Romantic Landscapes

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dc.contributor.author Ameel, Lieven
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-22T13:37:24Z
dc.date.available 2013-03-22T13:37:24Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.isbn 978-952-10-8578-9
dc.identifier.issn 1796-2986
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/38604
dc.description.abstract In the novels Rakastunut rampa (A Cripple in Love, 1922) and Henkien taistelu (The Battle of the Spirits, 1933), Joel Lehtonen has constructed an imaginary environment that is at once one of the most disturbing and one of the most original landscapes to be found in the Finnish literature of the last century: the suburb of Krokelby. This deformed landscape, neither city nor countryside, is composed of disconcerting natural elements and crooked houses, and inhabited by grotesque characters. This article analyses the ways in which the literary landscape of Krokelby constitutes a radical inversion of more traditional images of Finnish symbolic landscapes, such as the national-romantic lake district of Eastern Finland, and the complex images of turn-of-the-century Helsinki. In Lehtonen’s novels, we find a carnivalisation of the proud and pure expanses of Karelia: a degenerate wasteland, filled with derelict houses; a Dante-esque scatological nightmare. The satirical and pessimistic way in which Lehtonen describes these suburban surroundings is prototypical for the direction in which literary descriptions of Helsinki and its suburbs were gradually evolving from the 1920s onwards: towards an ever more generic city, an in-between landscape of uprooted countryside and deformed cityscape. These descriptions foreshadow later representations of what arguably has become the most influential symbolic landscape in modern Finnish movies and literature: the suburbs. fi
dc.language.iso en fi
dc.publisher Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies fi
dc.relation.ispartofseries COLLeGIUM: Studies across Disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences 13 fi
dc.rights © author(s) & Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies fi
dc.subject Joel Lehtonen fi
dc.subject urban periphery fi
dc.subject Menippean satire fi
dc.subject city literature fi
dc.title Crippled City: Joel Lehtonen’s Krokelby as a Radical Inversion of Finnish National Romantic Landscapes fi
dc.type Artikkeli fi
dc.type Article fi
dc.identifier.laitoskoodi 918 fi

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