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'Aequitas' i Thorsten Jonssons novellsamling Fly till vatten och morgon
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Literature and History of Ideas, History of Literature.
2014 (Swedish)In: Literatūra un likums/ Literature and Law: Culture and Literature of the Scandinavian Nations in International and Interdisciplinary Perspective / [ed] Ivars Orehovs & Cecilia Wargelius, Riga: Latvijas Universitate , 2014, 1, 102-111 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [sv]

Artikeln utgår från en rad interdisciplinära teorier utarbetade inom studiefältet Rätt och litteratur (Law and literature) och belyser Thorsten Jonssons kriminalnovellsamling Att fly till vatten och morgon (1941) i termer av billighet (aequitas, equity). Analysen visar att samlingens skildringar av autentiska brottsfall i stor utsträckning följer billighetsprincipen: novellerna intar en hermeneutisk attityd till brotten, korrigerar den officiella, juridiska synen på förbrytelserna genom att ge inblickar i brottslingarnas inre, kompletterar de individualiserade och psykologiserade förbrytarportätten med att aktualisera det typiskt brottsliga och sätta det i relation till det allmänmänskliga, utnyttjar sin fördjupade bild av kriminalitet för en kritik av det rådande rättssystemet etc. Särskild uppmärksamhet ägnas de maktmekanismer som samlingens billighetsprojekt sätter i spel. Novellernas billighetsrelaterade tolkningsprocedurer vilar, visas det, på ett teologiskt-utilitarisktiskt, binärt koncipierat naturbegrepp som medför förtryckande exkluderingar och bland annat kriminaliserar homosexuella beteendemönster. Men paradoxalt nog vänder sig samlingens billighetsprocedurer mot sina egna ordningsskapande premisser och skapar subversiva betydelseförskjutningar. En särskilt stark omstörtande potential har novellernas komplexa narrativa strukturer (intern och extern fokalisering, opålitlig berättare etc) som å ena sidan är en produkt av billighetens underliggande binariteter, men å andra sidan ger dessa normerande oppositioner en konnotativ ironisk dubbelhet

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The paper is based on a number of theories, elaborated within the interdisciplinary field of study ”law and literature”, and interprets Thorsten Jonsson’s short story collection Fly till vatten och morgon [Flee to water and morning (1941)] in terms of equity. The paper demonstrates that Jonsson’s method of arranging his criminal material – mostly real criminal cases, reported in newspaper articles and investigation records – to a large extent corresponds to the principle of equity: the short stories take up an hermeneutic attitude toward the presented criminal cases, correct official legal representation of the crimes by refering to the inner life of the criminals, supplement the individualized and psychologized portraits of criminals by traits borrowed from the image of the paradigmatic criminal and relating them to general human weaknesses, use these complex reflexions on criminality to criticizying the judicial and penal apparatus etc. Special attention is given to power structures established by the collection’s equity project. It is argued that the interpretative practices of the short stories rest on the binary, theological-utilitarian notion of nature which implies repressive marginalizations and, among others, results in the criminalization of homosexual behavior. But paradoxically, the collection’s equity hermeneutics revolts againts its own hegemonic regulations and produces a number of counterhegemonic semantic displacements. Particularly subersive are the short stories’ narrative structures which one the one hand are a product of the collection’s binarities, but on the other hand load these equity norms with a connotative ironic ambiguity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Riga: Latvijas Universitate , 2014, 1. 102-111 p.
Series
Scientific Papers. University of Latvia, 799
Keyword [en]
Thorsten Jonsson, Law and Literature, equity, criminality, power structure, heteronormativity
Keyword [sv]
Thorsten Jonsson, rätt och litteratur, billighet (aequitas), brottslighet, maktstruktur, heteronormativitet
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General Literature Studies
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Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-106829ISBN: 978-9984-45-860-1 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-106829DiVA: diva2:740211
Available from: 2014-08-22 Created: 2014-08-22 Last updated: 2016-01-07Bibliographically approved

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