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Det litterära med reportaget: Om litteraritet som journalistisk strategi och etik
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Literature and History of Ideas.
2013 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
The Literarity of Reportage : On Literarity as a Journalistic Strategy and Ethics (English)
Abstract [en]

This doctoral thesis explores the literarity of reportage, with a focus on the 20th century and modern reportage. The aim is to describe the literary strategies used in modern text-based reportage and how these strategies relate to journalistic standards of credibility and ethics. A primary focus is the question of what the reportage is looking for in the literary, what happens to this literarity when it is used for journalistic purposes, and, in turn, how the literary establishes ethics in the text.

       By suggesting that a piece of reportage is a journalistic text that simultaneously tells the story about the reporter’s encounter with the event, this dissertation sheds light on possible approaches to the concept of literarity: Subjectivity, narrativity, meta-narrative aspects, the poetic function of language and the performative movements in the text. The ethics of reportage is also to be derived from the encounter, and this thesis implements a concept of ethics in conversations with Emmanuel Levinas and dialogical philosophy. It provides an opportunity to separate ethics from moral, ideological and political dimensions of responsibility in the encounter. This aspect of ethics, where literarity and counter-movement operate beyond the direct intention, is what is needed to understand the reportage genre.

     The dissertation also includes six longer reportage analyses embodying its results: Djuna Barnes’s, Vagaries Malicieux, Ryszard Kapuściński’s Another Day of Life, Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, Hanna Krall’s A Tale for Hollywood, Sven Lindqvist’s Kina nu: Vad skulle Mao ha sagt? and Joan Didion’s, Slouching towards Bethlehem.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Ellerströms förlag, 2013. , 344 p.
, Eureka - Ellerströms akademiska, 41
Keyword [en]
Reportage, Literary Journalism, New Journalism, Literarity, Modernity, Modernism, Ethics, Narratology, Narrativity, Subjectivity, Dorrit Cohn, Emmanuel Levinas, Truman Capote, Ryszard Kapuściński, Hanna Krall, Djuna Barnes, Sven Lindqvist, Joan Didion
Keyword [sv]
Reportage, Litteraritet, Etik, Narratologi, Subjektivitet, Journalistik
National Category
General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-94131ISBN: 978-91-7247-361-4OAI: diva2:651856
Public defence
2013-12-06, Auditorium 215, Humanistvillan, Frescativägen 24, Stockholm, 10:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2013-11-14 Created: 2013-09-27 Last updated: 2015-06-24Bibliographically approved

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