Erityinen paikallisuus, yhteinen tulevaisuus

Etnofuturismi suomalaisessa nykyrunoudessa

  • Lena Gottelier Turun yliopisto
Avainsanat: ethnofuturism, contemporary Finnish poetry, folk-poetry


Special Locality, Mutual Future. Ethnofuturism in Contemporary Finnish Poetry

In this article I study three contemporary Finnish collections of poetry; Jyrki Heikkinen ́s Pois voihke ja valitus! (2004), Johanna Venho ́s Yhtä juhlaa (2006) and Ville Hytönen ́s Karsikkopuu (2011), by focusing on such features that can be interpreted as ethnofuturistic. ese features include, for instance, the use of intertextual allusions to lyric or epic folk poetry and the use of archaic words and historical cultural meanings as a part of new poetry, hence the intention to oppose ethnopraeterism. Proximity to the forests, nature and their inhabitants, as well as their mythologies seem to be a mutual feature of Finnish poetry inspired by ethnofuturism. There is also a strong link to the Finno-Ugric language family which makes the poetry both culturally and geographically transnational.

Ethnofuturistic readings of poetry allow the reader to realize the uniqueness of the language that has developed in this environment through several centuries and also how it has created various ways to express one ́s experiences of life. Ethnofuturistic readings of poetry can also pass on knowledge of the relationship between man and nature that modern people seem to have lost. This is crucial in the attempts to find ecologically sustainable forms of living. In the ethnofuturistic context the term ‘national’ does not mean nationalism but locality, which seems to emphasize cultural diversity and the fusion of local and global. Further research is needed in order to examine whether ethnofuturistic art could supply the means to understand or redefine the entire concept of nationhood.

Keywords: ethnofuturism, contemporary Finnish poetry, folk-poetry

heinä 3, 2017
Gottelier, L. (2017). Erityinen paikallisuus, yhteinen tulevaisuus: Etnofuturismi suomalaisessa nykyrunoudessa. AVAIN - Kirjallisuudentutkimuksen Aikakauslehti, 2017(2), 25-44.