Postkolonialisme i dansk litteratur og kulturhistorie: Danske repræsentationer af Grønland

Maria Brix Rasmussen, Rebecca Cecilie Felskov, Jacob Orby Jarolics, Karoline Emilie Ulvig Pedersen & Luna Adrienne Rebecca Ehlers Jensen

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


This paper examines the postcolonial relationship between Greenland and Denmark by analyzing how it is being portrayed in Danish literature in a historic and cultural context. It examines the postcolonial relationship by drawing on Edward Said’s postcolonial theory about Orientalism. The paper has an explicit focus on Danish hegemony, from which a certain kind of discourse about Greenland is produced and reproduced, such as its people, culture and nature. This structure is deemed as a certain kind of Orientalism; ‘Greenlandic Orientalism’. This term will be used to analyse Danish literature and cultural historic works ranging from Kim Leine’s Kalak, Hans Egede’s letter Det Gamle Grønlands nye perlustration, Emil Aarestrup’s Nordexpeditionen and Henrik Pontoppidan’s Isbjørnen. To illustrate how the greenlandic Orient is produced and reproduced, this paper identifies three different general tropes: Nature, Sex and Patronisation. The paper will then discuss if Kim Leine can be seen as an orientalist or not and how literature affects our understanding of the world.
On the basis of our thorough analysis, we can conclude that greenlandic orientalism can be traced in each of our empirical works, which illustrates its power and longevity. Even though Leine criticizes the danish hegemony for its dominance over Greenland, we conclude that he nevertheless still reproduces discourses about the greenlandic ‘other’ and therefore supports danish power structures.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato18 dec. 2018
Antal sider95
VejledereJens Kramshøj Flinker