Afterword: Towards a regional methodology of culture
Disseminating Shakespeare in the Nordic Countries: Shifting Centres and Peripheries in the Nineteenth Century, ed. Nely Keinänen and Per Sivefors (London: Bloomsbury, 2022), 291-296.
This chapter uses a regional methodology with a transnational framework to identify shared and conflicting patterns of cultural dissemination. Regional data is widely available but difficult to classify, and this book has organized and synthesized important sectors of Nordic histories to serve as a key method for disrupting nationalist and globalist paradigms.
From literary history to social sciences, including American studies, scholars are recently calling for renewed attention to the region as a unit of knowledge. A regional methodology attends to intra-regional idiosyncrasies and connections by breaking down perceived, clear cultural boundaries between nation-states.