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  • Public defence: 2023-12-01 13:00 MA648, Huddinge
    Kihl, Emma
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Comparative Literature. Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Baltic & East European Graduate School (BEEGS).
    Äventyrliga utföranden: en läsning av Agneta Enckells dikter med Isabelle Stengers kosmopolitik2023Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The study explores how the cosmopolitical proposal of the Belgian phi­losopher Isabelle Stengers can function as a method of literary analysis when reading the works of the Finnish-Swedish poet, Agneta Enckell. Stengers’ cosmopolitics constitutes an ecology of practices that aims to slow down thinking by weldning common sense and imagination. She reactivates the term “common sense” from the British philosopher Alfred North Whitehead (1861–1947). Common sense entails paying due atten­tion to how every situation generates a brooding. Imagination, on the other hand, is a leap of inspiration that ignites the mind with possibilities within a given situation. This, subsequently, also means risking oneself, opening oneself up to a demanding and obligatory context with no guar­antees. The method is thus a close reading and welding of common sense and imagination. Agneta Enckell is a Finnish-Swedish poet born in Helsinki in 1957. She made her debut in 1983 and has published nine poetry collections, the most recent work (med eget namn, utan namn, ditt namn): dikter (2020) is not included in this study. Enckell’s poems explore language in the making, in the inarticulate or in the vibrating, hesitant movements before sleep and awakening, between a physical and a remembered place, between words and the breath, sometimes in a beginning, in a leap or in a rupture. The scenes are set around the Baltic Sea, hovering just below the water’s surface, on the paper or on the surface or from the holes of the skin, during a fall or in the crack of a stone.  

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