Bekendelser om det grønlandske postkoloniale individ

Dea Kirstine Nilsson

Studenteropgave: Speciale


In this master thesis I investigate how the Greenlandic postcolonial individual is represented in the two novels Bekendelser (1998) og Saltstøtten (2000), and also what kind of knowledge into the Greenlandic national consciousness we can gain from the two novels. I have used the four following theorists, Benedict Anderson, Frantz Fanon, Homi Bhabha and Robert Fraser for my analysis. I use Anderson for the question of the nation, Fanon to talk about the mentally colonized and Fraser to identify different stages of postcolonialism in the novels. Finally I use Bhabha to discuss the pedagogical and the performative aspect of nationalism as well as the question of hybridity. I have concluded that Bekendelser has a pedagogical nationalistic narrative, and that the Greenlandic individual is alot of things. Some of them are mentally colonized, others are strong and fighting against the colonial structure of power. Bekendelser can be seen as a national biography meant to teach the Greenlanders about their coloniale past and present. Saltstøtten is the opposite of Bekendelser in that it has an antinational approach. The protagonist is an individualist who has renounced his past and his national roots. In Saltstøtten the Greenlandic postcolonial individual is a hero that dare to define his identity without national concerns and is a global oriented man. He is also a cultural hybrid that defines himself between different cultures. Opposed to Bekendelser Saltstøtten has a performative approach to the nation. The two books are very different but compliments each other by telling different stories about the Greenlandic postcolonial individual and thereby contributing to the samme discussion – a discussion about what it means to be a Greenlander.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato10 jun. 2011
VejledereLars Jensen


  • postkolonialisme
  • Grønland
  • nationsforståelse
  • grønlandsk skønlitteratur