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Bysans som gränsland i Julia Kristevas roman Murder in Byzantium
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History of Literature and History of Ideas, History of Literature.
2009 (Swedish)In: Bysantinska sällskapet Bulletin, ISSN 1102-674X, Vol. 27, 5-18 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses the notion of Byzantium and Byzantium’s potential capacities as a multifaceted borderland, as shaped and perceived in Julia Kristeva’s novel Murder in Byzantium. In spite of its title, this is not a historical, but rather a so-called total novel, which reconciles several different plots – romantic, criminal, political and philosophical. It relies on both fictive and historical texts, especially on The Alexiad, written in the 12th  century by the Byzantine princess and the first female historian ever, Anna Comnena. Through a literary analysis, this article shows how Byzantium is shaped in the novel by transgressions of the borders of narration, identity, space and time. Byzantium is thus of great interest to the general public and an academic discussion of borders, origin, history and culture, so important for the discussion of Europe’s role today in – or, as suggested in the novel, perhaps between – Eastern and Western cultures.

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Uppsala, 2009. Vol. 27, 5-18 p.
Keyword [sv]
Bysans, Julia Kristeva, Anna Komnena, gränsland
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General Literature Studies Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
Research subject
History of Literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-38496OAI: diva2:310605
Något förkortad version av en engelsk artikel publicerad i Nordlit nr. 24, 2009, ss. 31-44, som även nätpublicerats.Available from: 2010-04-14 Created: 2010-04-14 Last updated: 2010-10-19Bibliographically approved

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