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Övervakning som hallucination: Lars Noréns textvräld
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History of Literature and History of Ideas, Department of History of Literature. Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History of Literature and History of Ideas.
2009 (Swedish)In: Edda. Nordisk tidsskrift for litteraturforskning, ISSN 0013-0818, E-ISSN 1500-1989, Vol. 109, no 3, 203-212 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article considers literature not as the victim of

surveillance, but as an effect of it. A short overview

of the relation between literature and surveillance

serves as the background to an analysis of a few

texts by Swedish poet and playwright Lars Norén

(b. 1944). Two of his collections of poetry from the

1960s are looked upon as reports from inside the

mind delivered to the supervising reader. In this

poetry, the information flow becomes too rich, and

the intensity of the writing makes it finally unreada-

ble – as if a typewriter has been directly wired to

the brain. In the plays, the hallucinatory effects are

produced by surveillance technology, but also by

theatre itself. These plays put the audience before a

physical force much stronger than that of the

poetry, transforming the disinterested theatre audi-

ence into a supervising authority watching but not

allowed to act. The plays form a closed circuit from

which there is no escape for either the characters

or the audience.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oslo: Universitetsforlaget , 2009. Vol. 109, no 3, 203-212 p.
Keyword [en]
Surveillance systems - hallucination - poetry - drama- visibility - audience
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General Literature Studies
Research subject
History of Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-29577OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-29577DiVA: diva2:234267
Available from: 2009-09-07 Created: 2009-09-07 Last updated: 2017-12-13

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