In his paper "Metamodernism in Liksom's Compartment no. 6" Kasimir Sandbacka examines Rosa Liksom's latest novel Compartment No. 6 (2011). Liksom is considered to be one of the most prominent Finnish postmodernists. However, Compartment No. 6 has been seen by critics as a shift or return towards modernism or even realism. Sandbacka concurs with this observation but maintains that this is an insufficient analysis of the change in Liksom's writing. He argues that the change is related to the transformation of the cultural dominant, namely postmodernism. In dialogue with Jameson's theory of postmodernism, Sandbacka discusses recent theories of post-postmodernism and metamodernism that suggest a new term is needed to describe the cultural dominant of our present era. He reads Compartment No. 6 in light of these theories and suggests that the novel makes use of metamodernist techniques to suspend postmodern suspicion and to revive utopian desire.
"Metamodernism in Liksom’s Compartment No. 6."
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