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Migrant Writing in Sweden

Diversifying from Within: Migrant Writing in Sweden

In this literary anthropological research project, Helena Wulff explores how recent migrant writing in Sweden, including fiction, short stories, plays, opinion pieces and newspaper essays on migrant experiences, helps shape an understanding of the country as diversified. The writings describe experiences of exclusion, even racism, but also instances when integration is taken for granted. While identifying as Swedish writers, these writers tend to be categorized by readers and publishers as migrant writers. This entails negotiations with the publishing market and raises issues of writing as a craft and career in relation to competition and collaboration, breakthrough and reputation, as well as age, gender and class. The research has resulted in many book chapters and journal articles. A monograph is being completed.

Profile picture: Helena Wulff’s writing tools (Photograph 2023, Helena Wulff)