Abstract

Demythologizing Finland's role in World War II, Finnish director Kristian Smeds's Unknown Soldier opens a theatrical inquiry into the ideological structure of national identification, a critique of Finnishness that ironizes ethical humanism and the humanitarianism it proposes. Smeds's production foregrounds the performance of wartime and postwar nationalism as an ethical negotiation, framing the cost of politicized alterity and belonging in contemporary Europe.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1531-4715
Print ISSN
1054-2043
Pages
pp. 34-55
Launched on MUSE
2012-05-17
Open Access
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