The Danish West Indies was a Danish colony in the Caribbean. On the three main islands several newspapers were printed during Danish rule. These papers have not yet been extensively analysed. That’s why this blog post aims to give an introduction into the source material and show how productive the source can be for postcolonial studies.
Tell Me Where You Come From and I Will Tell You Who You Are – Ibsen, the Modern Sami and the Medieval Finnar
Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson argued that people exposed to the nature of the North could experience the same adventures as the characters in the sagas. Strange as this assumption may appear to us, Ibsen seemed to agree with it. In one quarter of his plays the main characters have strong connections to the North, and their portrayal was undoubtedly to a certain degree influenced by Ibsen’s contemporaries, but mainly by the Finnar’s depiction in the sagas he had read.
When one thinks of Pippi Longstocking, the first thing that comes to mind is maybe her strength or her cheeky behaviour. What many people probably do not associate with Pippi is racism or colonialism, even though both can be found in the adventures of the young girl.