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  • 1.
    Ahrfeldt, Cecilia
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
    Space and Infelicitous Place in the Poetry of Sylvia Plath2011Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Sylvia Plath’s poetry has received considerable critical attention with respect to a wide range of themes and critical approaches. Variously labeled feminist, political, mythical and suicidal, Plath has been subject to enormous biographical scrutiny but the critical responses available today offer increasingly nuanced understandings of Plath’s work.  However, sufficient attention has not been given to the significant prevalence of images of places and spaces in Plath’s poetry. With particular focus on a selection of poems from The Collected Poems, this thesis argues that the personae in the poems confront “infelicitous places” and that the poems resonate with a tension between place (here referring to a space that is delimited by certain values) and space (in the sense of an expansion without the restrictions of place). What I here refer to as infelicitous place can be understood as an inversion of Gaston Bachelard’s conception of “felicitous space” and accounts for the way in which places in Plath’s poetry are marred with anxiety and ambivalence as opposed to Bachelard’s benevolent, protective spaces. The places and spaces in the poems are dealt with in relation to the notion of infelicitous place, as well as the significance of walls and the affinity between place and poetics.

  • 2.
    Aili, Hans
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics.
    Gladiatorernas uttågsmarsch: Frank Heller och Italien under andra världskriget2016In: Frank Heller och Italien / [ed] Dag Hedman, Lund: pelotard press , 2016, p. 79-136Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Gunnar Martin Serner (1886-1947) skrev under pseudonymen Frank Heller romaner och noveller inom genren underhållningslitteratur, samt reseskildringar, men var även Vecko-Journalens korrespondent i Italien åren 1939-1943. Reportageserien gav upphov till reseberättelsen Gladiatorernas uttågsmarsch (Stockholm 1943). 

  • 3.
    Al Saadi, Tania
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Oriental Languages.
    Des despotes et des opprimés dans les romans de Ğamāl al-Ġītānī2014In: Arabica, ISSN 0570-5398, E-ISSN 1570-0585, Vol. 61, no 6, p. 664-696Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article focuses on the three following novels by Ǧamāl al-Ġīṭānī: al-Zaynī Barakāt (1971), Waqāʾiʿ ḥārat al-Zaʿfarānī (1976) and Ḥikāyat al-muʾassasa (1997). It aims to discuss the author’s handling of despotism and the popular revolt against it. The eventsin the three novels occur in different contexts: political, religious and economical. The first part of the article is a discussion of the formal aspects of the novels, namely theirstructure, their techniques of enunciation and other devices which show how the various themes of the novels are presented. The second part is an analysis of the portrayals of the despots and how they act, the basis on which the relation between the oppressor and the oppressed persons is built and the methods used by the despot to control the population. The third and last part is a study of the representation of the oppressed persons, their revolt against the power and the results which that revolt achieves.Finally, the conclusion of the article sheds light on the place of al-Ġīṭānī on the scene of Egyptian novel, and on the historical context in which his vision of despotism could be placed.

  • 4.
    Al Saadi, Tania
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Oriental Languages.
    Three Arabic Novels Starting with a Crime2012In: Edebiyât A journal of Middle Eastern literatures, ISSN 1475-262X, E-ISSN 1475-2638, Vol. 15, no 1, p. 1-19Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The present study treats three Arabic novels which belong to different periods and use different narrative techniques. Yet they all start with the same theme: the discovery of a murder. Despite this apparent similarity in their beginnings, the murder plot develops in a different way in the three cases. Each beginning contains elements that announce the development of the story. The three beginnings serve the special purposes of their respective novels, in the way the murder is presented to the reader, in the elements each beginning tries to draw attention to, in the language used in this purpose, in the identity of the character who discovers the murder and even in the type of the murder itself. The three novels have, beside the murder plot, various thematic and ideological objectives which influence the way the novel starts and even overshadow, in some cases, the murder plot. 

  • 5.
    Alexander, Ezra
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
    Transmedial Migration: Properties of Fictional Characters Adapted into Actual Behavior2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Research in the field of fictional and possible worlds examines the real and its hypothetical counterparts. The interaction between the actual and the fictional is a cause of debate within this field, and includes questions concerning the ontological status of fictional characters and their relation to reality. The following discussion will engage current positions in this debate. These include questions of reference regarding the correlation between fictional characters and actual personalities. Studying the transmedial migration of character properties from fictional worlds into the actual world engages with the possible as dependent on the actual, as well as the influence fiction can have on reality, by demonstrating how individual characters are perceived as packages of properties, some of which we identify and recognize as adaptable to our own behavior. Transmedial migration requires compatibility between different media. Accordingly, it is explained through the direct correspondence of fictional properties to actual properties, and the indirect correspondence of fictional characters to actual people. I am claiming that an interaction can be observed between different media, such as fictional worlds and the actual world, with particular emphasis on the example of fictional characters and their properties. In order to comprehend this we need a robust framework and the model that I am proposing here comprises the essential elements for such a framework. The transmedial migration of character properties from a textual medium, such as a Sherlock Holmes story, into the physical, social medium of the actual world is the action of adapting a fictional character’s package of properties into an actual person’s behavior. The agency of actual people in adapting fictional character properties to their corporal, social actions is what constitutes transmedial migration. This is a specific example of behavioral learning that recognizes certain behavior by the means of a label or trademark that is acquired from a fictional character. It is conceivable that any number of behavioral attributes, such as attitudes or habits, could be scientifically proven to have transmedially migrated by means of experimentation. Nevertheless, culturally and socially, it is only the definite identification of such character properties that substantiates my argument of transmedial migration through adaptation.

  • 6.
    Andersson, Roger
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History. Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Medieval Studies.
    A Modern Edition of the Old Swedish Text of the Revelations2013In: The Birgittine Experience: papers from the Birgitta conference in Stockholm 2011 / [ed] Claes Gejrot, Mia Åkestam, Roger Andersson, Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, 2013, p. 332-350Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 7.
    Aronsson, Robin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Language Education. Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
    Making the Muggle: A Study of Processes of Othering in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and how Teachers Can Use the Novels to Work with Issues of Ableism2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The magical fictional setting of the Harry Potter novels is not one separated from our own. It features the same nations and the same history as the real world. Its society is parallel to ours due to similar traditions and hierarchies, such as heteronormativity, ageism, racism, and fascism. Some of these are clearly problematised in the novels, others are not. While issues of racism and blood status are clearly at the forefront of the story of Harry Potter, there are layers to the conflict which reveal that there is more to the discriminatory dilemma than the issue of blood purity. This essay aims to investigate how teachers can use J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series to lead a discussion about othering and discrimination, focusing on the issue of ableism in particular.

    The goal when studying processes of othering in Harry Potter is not necessarily for the reader to identify with the protagonists. Instead, textual silences will be interpreted to investigate whether the othering of people like the readers themselves, an othering the reader partakes in when empathising with the protagonists, can be compared to ableism in the real world, and how teachers can use Harry Potter as means to introduce the idea of able-bodiedness as a social construct. By applying crip theory to the text, it can be stated that the division between the protagonist and his non-magical Other is based on ableist ideologies, which result in a positioning of the non-magical as disabled in the magical society. This position is maintained by naturalising the link between impairment and character flaws.

  • 8.
    Azambuja, Enaie Maire
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
    Human and animal in ‘the Open’: an exploration of image and worlding in the poetry of Marianne Moore and João Cabral de Melo Neto2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis firstly aims at discussing the early works of American poet Marianne Moore (1887-1972) through the bio-philosophical perspectives developed since the investigations of Estonian Jacob von Uexküll (1864-1944). The study elucidates Uexküll’s research on the web-like forms of life that is the Umwelt of animals and Moore’s creation of poetic environments. Such investigations provide a basis for the analysis of Moore’s animals and environments in dialogue with Martin Heidegger’s (1889-1976) concepts of “poverty in world”, and “animal captivation”. Uexküll’s and Heidegger’s concepts are revised by Italian Giorgio Agamben (1942- ), who proposes that there is an openness in the state of being ontologically captivated, caused by interactional processes occurring within the environment. Subsequently, taking into account these same perspectives, this thesis offers a comparative study of Marianne Moore and Brazilian poet João Cabral de Melo Neto (1920-1999), engaging, respectively, her early poems with his book O Cão Sem Plumas [The Dog without Feathers], written in 1950. From the bio-philosophical perspectives previously discussed, this study focuses on moral and ethical stances addressed towards interpretations of the onto-ethological (Buchanan, 2008) nature of animals. The study analyses how both Moore and Melo Neto convey their ethical reflections and specific moral issues through expressions of nature and animal life, especially when they emphasise contexts of violence, misery and deprivation, either in material or conceptual respects, involved with the ontological and world-forming conditions of both animals and human beings. Therefore, the research will focus on their use of literary devices, such as allegories, and literary genres, such as fables, in order to develop both explicit and implicit dimensions of their poetry, thus providing a deeper understanding of the ontological status of animals and human beings. 

  • 9.
    Bak, Krzysztof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Literature and History of Ideas, History of Literature.
    Den kluvna kärnan: Läsningar av Birgitta Trotzigs "Ormflickan"2012In: Acta Universitatis Carolinae. Philologica. Germanistica Pragensia, ISSN 0567-8269, Vol. 21, no 1/2012, p. 87-118Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 10.
    Bak, Krzysztof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Literature and History of Ideas, History of Literature.
    Die provisorische Ordnung: zu Magnus Dahlströms Prosa1994In: Präsentationen: Schwedische Gegenwartsautoren: Jacques Werup, Björn Ranelid, Magnus Dahlström / [ed] Knut Brynhildsvoll, Morsbach: Norden , 1994, p. 139-189Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 11.
    Bak, Krzysztof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Literature and History of Ideas, History of Literature.
    Fantasin i arbete: Om Gaston Bachelards telluriska onirism och Sara Lidmans Gruva2012In: Litteraturens arbetare: En vänbok till Per-Olof Mattsson / [ed] Christer Johansson & Per Anders Wiktorsson, Lund: Ellerströms förlag, 2012, 1, p. 203-215Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Bak, Krzysztof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Literature and History of Ideas, History of Literature.
    Genreekvilibristen Astrid Lindgren2011In: Studia Litteraria Universitatis Iagellonicae Cracoviensis, ISSN 1897-3035, Vol. 6, p. 7-28Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 13.
    Bak, Krzysztof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Literature and History of Ideas, History of Literature.
    Kosmos återupprättat: Sex läsningar av Magnus Dahlströms prosa1993In: Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap, ISSN 1104-0556, E-ISSN 2001-094X, Vol. 22, no 4, p. 3-20Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 14.
    Bak, Krzysztof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
    Lyckans dödsmaskin: Bilden av den skandinaviska exceptionalismen hos Emmanuel Mounier, Birgitta Trotzig och Sara Stridsberg2018In: Abstracts, 2018, p. 8-8Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 15.
    Bak, Krzysztof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
    Mellan hummer och pölsa: kulinarisk transition i Torgny Lindgrens och Ella Nilssons 'Maten'2018In: TijdSchrift voor Skandinavistiek, ISSN 0168-2148, E-ISSN 1875-9505, Vol. 36, no 2, p. 99-107Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The contribution investigates culinary transitions between Sweden and Europe in Torgny Lindgren's and Ella Nilsson's epistolary cookbook, Maten. Hunger och törst i Västerbotten (2003) (Food: Hunger and Thirst in Västerbotten). With a theoretical starting point in discourse-analytic approaches to nationalistic ideology, primarily elaborated within cultural studies, the contribution examines uses of the binarity of Sweden/Europe in essentialist and deconstructive practices of the cookbook. The argument comprises three parts. In the first part, the cookbook's conception of Västerbottenian cuisine is scrutinized. It is argued that Lindgren's and Nilsson's construction of gastronomic Västerbottenianness brings into play a whole range of rhetorical strategies that are usually utilized to construct national cuisines. Västerbottenian cookery is: (a) codified as a normative canon, (b) connected to a specific place, to a historical tradition and to ritualized customs, (c) defined as a restitution project preserving regional heritage from entropy, and (d) organized according to certain culinary icons, each of which mythologically incarnates some part of the "soul" of the region. The second part discusses the position of Europe on the cookbook's gastronomic map. The concept of Europeanness in Maten is shown to be constructed as a cultural "Other" and – by analogy with other counter-images – (a) excluded from the field of genuine cookery, (b) smuggled into the cookbook's culinary discourse through devices of disguise and (c) manifest in "typical" Västerbottnian recipes its presence in "typical" Västerbottenian recipes by generating contradictions, semantic displacements and aporetic paradoxes. The final part examines the role of Sweden among the cookbook's gastronomic identities. Unlike traditional cookery books dedicated to Swedish national cuisine, Maten problematizes the relationship between centre and periphery, constructing Swedishness as a "double" identity: both the internalized "Self" and the oppressive "Other". Correspondingly, Lindgren and Nilsson have an ambiguous, partly ironic, attitude towards their own local patriotic cuisine project using the notion of "Saminess" to undermine Västerbottenian culinary logocentrism.

  • 16.
    Bak, Krzysztof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
    Odysseus und Sirenen in der schwedischsprachigen Lyrik des 20. Jahrhunderts2016In: Odysseen des Humanen: Antike, Judentum und Christentum in der deutschsprachigen Literatur: Festschrift für Prof. Dr. Maria Kłańska zum 65. Geburtstag / [ed] Katarzyna Jaśtal, Paweł Zarychta, Anna Dąbrowska, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2016, p. 103-112Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 17.
    Bak, Krzysztof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
    "Om hon från Polen vore här" eller Szymborska på svenska2017Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 18.
    Bak, Krzysztof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Literature and History of Ideas, History of Literature.
    Polyfont och monofont: om Birgitta Trotzigs intertextuella poetik1996In: Arbeiten zur Skandinavistik: XII. Arbeitstagung der deutschsprachigen Skandinavistik 16.-23. September 1995 in Greifswald / [ed] Walter Baumgartner, Hans Fix, Wien: Verlag Fassbaender, 1996, p. 233-239Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 19.
    Bak, Krzysztof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Literature and History of Ideas, History of Literature.
    Program och porträtt: Birgitta Trotzigs poetologiska strategier1997In: Fragmente einer skandinavischen Poetikgeschichte / [ed] Heiko Uecker, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 1997, p. 119-128Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 20.
    Bak, Krzysztof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Literature and History of Ideas, History of Literature.
    Romantikens upplysningstid1998In: Opplysning i Norden: foredrag på den XXI. studiekonferanse i International Association for Scandinavian Studies (IASS), arrangert av Skandinavistische Abteilung, Germanistisches Seminar, Universität Bonn 5.-11. august 1996 / [ed] Heiko Uecker, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 1998, p. 121-126Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 21.
    Bak, Krzysztof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Literature and History of Ideas, History of Literature.
    Svaghetsegoism: Om Andreas Bjerres kriminalpsykologi i Thorsten Jonssons novellsamling Fly till vatten och morgon2013In: Filologiskt smörgåsbord 2: Vetenskapliga bidrag från skandinavistiken i Kraków / [ed] Ewa Data-Bukowska & Magdalena Wasilewska-Chmura, Kraków: Jagiellonian University Press, 2013, 1, p. 11-33Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The paper examines Thorsten Jonsson’s Fly till vatten och morgon (Flee to water and morning, 1941), a short story collection based on material from real criminal cases, reported in newspaper articles and investigation records. Special attention is given to the connections between Jonsson’s short stories and the criminal psychology of Andreas Bjerre, an intertextual relation highly neglected by earlier scholars. Jonsson studied Bjerre’s psychological theories while working on a monograph on the prose writer Martin Koch. The discussion of the paper focuses on five intertextual areas. Firstly, it is argued that the characters in Jonsson’s short stories in their construction are founded on Bjerre’s psychological classification of criminals. Secondly, it is demonstrated that Bjerre’s conception of the paradigmatic criminal had an analogous influence on Jonsson’s characterization. Thirdly, drawing on Bjerre’s ethics, the paper analyzes the collection’s moral approach to criminality. Fourthly, some intertextual correspondences are shown between Jonsson’s social discourse and Bjerre’s criticism of the European judicial and penal apparatus. Fifthly and finally, the paper points out that some of the collection’s most effective narrative devices are inspired by Bjerre’s interview method, invented by him for the purpose of revealing self-deception of criminals.

  • 22.
    Bak, Krzysztof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
    Sverige, Norden, världen: Kulturella rum hos Birgitta Trotzig2017In: CSS Conference 2017, "Rethinking Scandinavia": Lund 14-17 juni 2017, 2017Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    Birgitta Trotzigs essäer, debattartiklar och intervjuer domineras av två kulturgeografiska storheter – Sverige och Europa – som dels definieras antitetiskt, dels betraktas som varandras spegelbilder. I detta dualistiska världskoncept finns inte plats för Norden som en med egen identitet försedd enhet. Betecknande nog berömmer Trotzig hemstaden Lund inte för att den ligger nära Danmark utan för att den är en integrerad del av kontinenten. Desto starkare aktualiseras Norden i Trotzigs skönlitterära författarskap. Sin största roman, Dykungens dotter (1985), utformar hon som en modern parabel vars två huvudkomponenter – bildledet och sakledet – regleras av var sin nordiska intertext. Att bildledets narration bygger på H. C. Andersens konstsaga ”Dynd-Kongens Datter” (1858) signaleras redan av romanens paratexter och har energiskt kommenterats i receptionen. Mindre uppmärksammat är att sakledets semantiska strukturer i hög grad styrs av Kierkegaards människoförståelse. Genom en närläsning av en nyckelscen i romanen – Mojans möte med dykungen i skogen – demonstrerar föredraget att textens talrika gammal- och nytestamentliga anspelningar kan återföras på Kierkegaards bibelexeges. I ett avslutande steg visar föredraget att de nordiska referenserna trots sin textuella tydlighet aldrig blir dominanter i Trotzigs antropologiska betydelseproduktion. Såväl konceptet Norden som den binära konstruktionen Sverige/Europa undermineras i sista hand av hennes förmodernt präglade essentialism, som genom sitt universalistiska naturbegrepp ogiltigförklarar temporala och spatiala specificeringar.

  • 23.
    Bak, Krzysztof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics. Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Poland.
    Sverige, världen och det frånvarande Norden: Om kulturella rum hos Birgitta Trotzig2018In: Rethinking Scandinavia: CSS publications web quarterly, ISSN 2002-9039, Vol. 2, no 1, p. 1-8Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 24.
    Bak, Krzysztof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
    Vad döljer sig i Västerbottens mage?: Om Augustinus och Torgny Lindgrens Minnen 2014In: Samlaren: tidskrift för svensk litteraturvetenskaplig forskning, ISSN 0348-6133, E-ISSN 2002-3871, Vol. 135, p. 5-50Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The article investigates the complex intertextual dialogue between Torgny Lindgren's Minnen (2010) and Augustine's Confessions, from which Lindgren has taken the motto of his autobiography. By using the patristic intertext as a starting point, the investigation intends to show how Lindgren has constructed his image of Västerbotten. The article is divided into four parts. The first part (I), establishes the heuristic principles of the investigation, which adhere to the recent tendency in patristic studies to observe the heterogeneous character of Augustine's world of thought. The second part of the article (II) charts parallels between text and intertext in their portrayal of grace, evil, and man. It emerges that those elements of Lindgren's world view which are particularly closely related to Augustinian theology are also the ones that possess a particularly strong Västerbottnian character. This intertextual affinity can be explained not only with reference to the Lutheran tradition of Västerbotten, but also has to be related to the text's specific structure of memoria, which is unravelled in the remaining parts (III-IV). On the basis of modern cultural anthropological theories of memory, the third part demonstrates that most of the differences between text and intertext can be linked to the cultural memory of modernity, and document the rise and fall of industrial subjectivity. Lindgren embeds his autobiographical version of Västerbotten into the basic structure of modern memory, transforms it into a quasi-subject, and taints it with the symptoms of decay that plague the industrial 'I.' In the same as Western modernity, Minnen draws the majority of its metaphors of dissolution from Augustine's paradigmatic doctrine of sin. The fourth part of the article (IV) aims to analyse the autobiography's mechanisms of substitution. It is argued that these attempt-in analogy to many Western critics of modernity-to counteract the crisis of industrial cultural memory by reviving the Augustinian forms of memoria and creating a synthesis of pre-industrial and industrial. Within the quasi subject of Västerbotten and its wealth of agrarian objects, Lindgren finds adequate metaphorical models for use in his compensatory project of counter-memory. The article concludes by observing that, just as Minnen's productive dialogue with Augustine allows it to recapitulate the history of Western memory, Lindgren's Västerbotten is elevated to the status of a universal symbol of European consciousness and its fate.

  • 25.
    Bamberg, Jesper
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
    Lack of Faith in the Forgotten Novel: Sartrean Existentialism in John Williams' Stoner2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Abstract

    John Williams’ modest and long forgotten American novel Stoner revolves around life choices, commitment and passions able to carry meaning in our existence. In this essay, I will explore how John Williams conveys the notions of bad faith and existence precedes essence of Sartrean existentialism through the protagonist William Stoner’s life and life choices in the novel Stoner. I will argue that the Sartrean concepts bad faith and existence precedes essence can illuminate the actions of the protagonist Stoner, in order to understand Stoner’s romantic relationships and explain his epiphany before death in the novel. Finally, the answers reveal the protagonist’s misguided belief in pursuing goals which does not align with his true passions in life. Instead, Stoner’s insights concerning his life explain why his true passions justified his life choices in the narrative.

    Key words: Williams; Stoner; Sartre; existentialism; bad faith; existence precedes essence

  • 26.
    Bartram, Lorna
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Literature and History of Ideas, History of Literature.
    Flanörens känsliga universum: En analys av Sigfrid Siwertz’ En flanör2012Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Denna uppsats analyserar det litterära temat känslighet i Sigfrid Siwertz’ roman En flanör. Begreppet känslighet definieras i relation till perceptioner och känslor och därefter belyses känslighetens uttrycksformer tematiskt i en närläsning av romanen. Analysen relaterar vidare till andra valda litterära gestaltningar, som kan sättas i sammanhang med verket. Speciellt fokus läggs vid att kontextualisera känsligheten med hjälp av litterära såväl som filosofiska jämförelsepunkter. Uppsatsen argumenterar för att känsligheten fungerar som en central narrativ drivkraft och samtidigt som en funktion som upplöser det ”flanörideal” som inledningsvis gestaltas hos huvudpersonen Torsten Gjörloff. Detta mynnar ut i ett intressant motiv där ”hyperkänslighet” måste överfinnas för att det ska vara möjligt att relatera till och sympatisera med andra människor. För att belysa detta tema på djupet lånar denna uppsats in begrepp från Henri Bergson vars filosofi influerade Siwertz, och genom denna explikation blir känsligheten och överskridandet av den möjlig att begripa på ett nytt sätt. Uppsatsen avslutas med en reflektion över hur känsligheten kan relateras till vår samtid.

  • 27.
    Begovic, Naida
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
    In Pursuit of “Never Again”: A Philological Study of the Functional Possibilities of the Memoir in Post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This essay is based on a critical revision of the Scholars’ Initiative, a ten-year research project conducted by Charles Ingrao whose goal was to confront the controversies in former Yugoslav societies by creating a common, non-custom-made narrative of Balkan history. More specifically, this essay focuses on the revision of the scope, and methodology of the project. The former is limited to Bosnia and Herzegovina, whereas the latter includes the predominant use, and study of memoirs in the making of a common, transethnic narrative of the genocide. The goal with this revision is to highlight Ingrao’s partake in a century long tradition of suppressing Bosniak prosperity in Balkan societies, which has resulted in a scarcity of Bosniak literature. Ultimately, this essay focuses on the witness literature, which was produced in the aftermath of the genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1992-1995. More specifically, this essay uses Kemal Kurspahić’s As Long As Sarajevo Exists (1997), Wounded I Am More Awake (2012) by Esad Boškailo, and The Bosnia List: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Return (2014) by Kenan Trebinčević as springboards in arguing for the functional possibilities of the memoir genre in the creating of a common, transethnic narrative in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina. To claim for the historiographical validity of the memoir, the impossibility of the singular narrative, and the poetic of responsibility, this essay makes use of Jacques Derrida’s Sovereignties in Question: The Poetics of Paul Celan. This essay also makes use of Gregory H. Stanton’s Ten Stages of Genocide as a way to demonstrate a model by which the common, transethnic narrative can be studied, and further explored. The ultimate goal with the critical study of Stanton’s stages is to qualify the memoir genre as an official genre of genocide research in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina.

     

    Keywords: Common, transethnic narrative; post-war Bosnia; genocide; testimony; history

  • 28.
    Belak, Julija Robyn
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
    "This Ghastly Age": The Tragic Fall In Waugh's Brideshead Revisited As A Response To Modernity2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    I have examined Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited by reading it as a tragedy and looking at the motif of the tragic fall of the Marchmain family as a response to the challenges of modernity. Most academic works on Brideshead Revisited are religious readings that focus on the role of Catholicism in the narrative. I argue that the novel portrays modernity and as such, calls for the necessity of being able to change with the times. Approaching the narrative as a tragedy highlights this interpretation and allows for an exploration of the characters’ attitudes to modernity through their tragic fall.

    I have investigated the role and implications of tragedy in modern secular times and applied it to Brideshead Revisited, focusing on the Aristotelian theory of tragedy and employing Schopenhauer’s and Nietzsche’s understanding of tragic action to explain the effect of the tragic fall on the spectator or reader. The Marchmains can be seen as Aristotelian tragic heroes that experience a fall due to their mistaken views that are founded on tradition and thus distance them from the modern world. The fall of the Marchmains and the looming disintegration of their social stratum are indicative of broader social change in interwar. For Charles Ryder, the narrator of Brideshead Revisited, the Marchmains’ tragic fall serves as a tool that allows him to see life from a different perspective and reconcile nostalgia and modernity. Brideshead Revisited is therefore not only a Catholic novel, but also a detailed image of interwar England, the shifts in its social structure, and the importance of accepting change.

  • 29.
    Belmar Shagulian, Jasmin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics.
    El mito de la Quintrala: Estructuras simbólicas en dos novelas de Gustavo Frías2017Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this comparative study is to analyse La Quintrala’s myth as a symbolic discourse, thereby filling a gap in the previous studies about La Quintrala.

    The theoretical and methodological framework of this analysis consists of a hermeneutical approach based on the method of figurative structuralism: mythocriticism. This is a dual classification method of symbols: Diurnal and Nocturnal Orders that expose the symbolic structures formed by symbols and archetypes found in mythemes in a compilation of corpora. The first one is Gustavo Frías’ novels Tres Nombres para Catalina: Catrala (2008) and Tres nombres para Catalina: la doña de Campofrío (2008); the second is a historic essay (hypotext), Benjamín Vicuña Mackenna’s Los Lisperguer y la Quintrala (1944), and four novels: Magdalena Petit’s (2009) La Quintrala, Mercedes Valdivieso’s (1991) Maldita yo entre las Mujeres, Virginia Vidal’s (2002) Oro, veneno y puñal, and Gustavo Frías’ El Inquisidor (2008).

    Mythocriticism is employed in the analysis to show what the mythical structure of the hero’s journey (Separation, Initiation, Return) reveal. Such journey is combined structurally with the Mother archetype (White, Red and Black Goddess), the intrinsic archetype of La Quintrala’s myth. The heroic structure unveils its own mythemes, La Quintrala’s and the first corpus’s mytheme through the diachronic and synchronic flow of the hero’s journey. This method permits to identify and compare the progression of the symbolic structures.

    The analysis demonstrates a transformation of the symbolic structures between both corpora. This survey reveals that Vicuña Mackenna and Petit, and partially Vidal and El Inquisidor, exhibit an inclination to the diurnal symbols that strengthen, through a heterodiegetic narrator, the representations of the witch-femme fatale, counteractive attributes of the Red and Black Goddesses in the myth. Valdivieso, on the other hand, shows a propensity to the nocturnal symbols of inversion and intimacy that emphasize the Red Goddess’ features, though the novel also exposes La Quintrala as a witch-femme fatale. This exposure occurs through the use of both an autodiegetic narrator –La Quintrala– and a heterodiegetic one –the hypotext embodied in the popular voice– that appear to contrast each other. Finally, in Tres Nombres para Catalina, La Quintrala as the autodiegetic narrator dominates the whole story. She personifies the Great Goddess archetype who bestows her new positive attributes during the adventure. This novel assumes primordially the nocturnal symbolism incarnated by both the mystical and the synthetical structures and relegates the diurnal discourse of the hypotext to a secondary position in the narrative. Nonetheless, Tres Nombres para Catalina’s narrative still relies on the hypotext to reproduce and reconstruct all the mythemes in the myth of La Quintrala.

    Conclusively, the results of this analysis indicate that the identification of all the mythemes supports the hypothesis of a transformation in the symbolic structures which characterize La Quintrala in both corpora. This reveals the embodiment of Tres Nombres para Catalina’s own mytheme, consisting of a vindication and a recognition to her indigenous heritage, and the acceptance of her mestizaje. As a consequence, Tres nombres para Catalina, in comparison to the second corpus, diverges and expands the symbolic structures, but still shows a continuity of the myth.

  • 30.
    Bergqvist, Kim
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
    Courtliness, Nobility, and Emotional Restraint in the First Old Swedish Translated Romances: on Herr Ivan and Flores och Blanzeflor2017In: Beyond the Piraeus Lion: East Norse Studies from Venice / [ed] Jonathan Adams, Massimiliano Bampi, Copenhagen/Odense: Syddansk Universitetsforlag, 2017, p. 189-212Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    De första riddarromanerna som översattes till fornsvenska, Herr Ivan (1303) och Flores och Blanzeflor (1312), utgör i denna artikel exempel på hur två medeltida översättningar omformulerar känslor och beskrivningar av verbala och fysiska känslomässiga uttryck. De litterära gestalternas emotionella tillstånd presenteras som etiska dilemman, men de svenska översättningarna understryker också deras effekter på den sociala och politiska ordningen. Felaktiga känslor och inte minst omåttliga känslouttryck var problematiska för den politiska eliten. Den svenska 1300-talsaristokratin behövde en litteratur som kunde lansera höviska uppförandekoder, som spred idén om att den som fötts med ädelt blod var mer behärskad, rationell och därmed lämplig att styra riket. I artikeln diskuteras hur översättningarnas funktioner relaterar till olika strata inom den svenska aristokratin och dessas möjliga varierande reception av texterna.

  • 31.
    Bergqvist, Kim
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
    Debating the Limitations of Kingship in Fourteenth-Century Sweden: Political Language and Norms in Romance and Chronicle2015In: The Eufemiavisor and Courtly Culture: Time, Texts and Cultural Transfer: Papers from a symposium in Stockholm 11-13 October 2012 / [ed] Olle Ferm, Ingela Hedström, Sofia Lodén, Jonatan Pettersson & Mia Åkestam, Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, 2015, p. 67-85Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 32.
    Bergqvist, Kim
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
    Den medeltida riddaren som intertextuellt fenomen: Om hjältekonstruktioner i Eufemiavisorna och Erikskrönikan2012In: Hjältar och Hjältinnor: Föreställningar och gestaltningar från Eufemiavisorna till Gösta Berlings saga / [ed] Therése Andersson, Lund: Nordic Academic Press, 2012, 1, p. 41-73Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Riddarromaner och historiska krönikor är området för Kim Bergqvists artikel "Den medeltida riddaren som intertextuellt fenomen: Om hjältekonstruktioner i Eufemiavisorna och Erikskrönikan." I artikeln studerar Bergqvist görandet av hjältar genom analyser av föreställningar om och gestaltningar av medeltida riddare, så som de framställs i ovanstående narrativ från 1300-talet. Bergqvist menar att dessa, mer eller mindre, fiktiva hjältegestaltningar, förhandlade i en samtida nationell, sociohistorisk kontext, utgjorde ett medel i den aristokratiska gruppens identitetsskapande och som sådan verkade normerande för tidsperiodens uppfattningar om idealiserad manlighet och kvinnlighet. (Ur Therése Anderssons inledning, Hjältar och Hjältinnor, ss. 13-14)

  • 33.
    Bergqvist, Kim
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
    Performing Chivalric Masculinity: Morality, Restraint, and Emotional Norms in the Libro del Cavallero Zifar2018In: Affective and Emotional Economies in Medieval and Early Modern Europe / [ed] Andreea Marculescu, Charles-Louis Morand Métivier, Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, p. 227-246Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Bergqvist offers an analysis of how emotional and affective behavior are portrayed in relation to masculinity in the Libro del Cavallero Zifar, the first domestic book of chivalry composed in medieval Castile around the year 1300. This literary work embodies knightly manhood and the performative aspect of lay elite masculinity. Bergqvist finds that the male ideal of the Zifar, epitomized in its eponymous hero, is characterized by emotional restraint and composure. This ideal of moderation, shared with contemporaneous wisdom literature, grounds Castilian chivalry in morality, and creates a distance from the emotionally expressive Arthurian knights of French romances. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the incentive for promoting this ideal and the influence on the narrative of Toledo as the place of composition.

  • 34.
    Bergqvist, Kim
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
    Poder nobiliar, lenguaje político y representación ideológica del pasado en la historiografía post-alfonsí: el caso de la Crónica de Castilla2013In: Actas del I Congreso Internacional de Jóvenes Medievalistas Ciudad de Cáceres: Poder y Violencia durante la Edad Media Peninsular (Siglos XIV y XV), Actas del I Congreso Internacional de Jóvenes Medievalistas Ciudad de Cáceres: Poder y Violencia durante la Edad Media Peninsular (Siglos XIV y XV), Cáceres, del 11 al 13 de diciembre de 2012. / [ed] Carmona Gutiérrez, Jessica; Reche Ontillera, Alberto; Rodríguez Casillas, Carlos J.;Souza, Guilherme Queiroz de; Vianna, Luciano José, Biblioteca de Catalunya , 2013, Vol. 2, no 1-1, p. 47-70Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article offers an analysis of political language as manifested in the representation of two historical episodes in the Crónica de Castilla (c. 1300): the minorities of the Castilian kings Alfonso VIII and Enrique (Henry) I. In comparison with representations of the same events in related chronicles from the preceding period, a close examination of the discourse gives insight into the strategies deployed by the chronicler to offer an ideologically invested version of the past. Conclusions drawn from this investigation are used to discuss the battle for historiographical hegemony, in relation to the struggle for political power between the magnate class (the ricos hombres) and royal authority.

  • 35.
    Bergqvist, Kim
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
    Review of William Layher, Queenship and Voice in Medieval Northern Europe (2010)2011In: Collegium Medievale, ISSN 0801-9282, E-ISSN 2387-6700, Vol. 24, p. 203-208Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 36.
    Bergqvist, Kim
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
    The Vindication of Sancho II in the Crónica de Castilla: Political Identity and Historiographical Reinvention in Medieval Castilian Chronicles2018In: The Medieval Chronicle, ISSN 1567-2336, E-ISSN 1879-5927, Vol. 11, p. 64-86Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The first part of the post-Alfonsine Crónica de Castilla (c. 1300) is partly a vindication of the reputation of Sancho II, the king who is known to have initiated the fratricidal wars after the death of Fernando I in 1065. This article demonstrates how this is a direct consequence of the political identity constructed and disseminated within this utterly Castilian chronicle, and probably a response to certain specific historical and political circumstances in the final years of the thirteenth century. The article argues the need to view changes in the historiographical genre during this period, including those that transformed history writing towards a more 'literary' mode, as relevant to the ideological views and projects of the instigators of chronicle writing. Finally, it questions current views of the Crónica de Castilla as an example of aristocratic historiography.

  • 37.
    Bergqvist, Kim
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
    Truth and Invention in Medieval Texts: Remarks on the Historiography and Theoretical Frameworks of Conceptions of History and Literature, and Considerations for Future Research2013In: Roda da Fortuna, ISSN 0235-7089, E-ISSN 2014-7430, Vol. 2, no 2, p. 221-242Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article surveys previous and recent scholarship and theoretical reflections on fictionality, and on the divisions and relations between history and literature in medieval texts. Evidence and examples from scholarly literature will be taken from various geographical contexts, academic disciplines and communities. Thus, it is my intention to set out a state of the question, and furthermore to suggest some lines and prospects for further research in this field.

  • 38.
    Bernath, Monica
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
    Black Atlantic expression in the poetry of Langston Hughes and Nicolás Guillén2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    As Paul Gilroy has argued, the Black Atlantic is a cultural and literary network that has emerged in the aftermath of the Atlantic slave trade. The concerns of the Black Atlantic are made visible in the poetry of African American Langston Hughes and Cuban Nicolás Guillén. Gilroy’s theorization of the Black Atlantic draws on W.E.B. Du Bois’s idea of ‘double consciousness’ which describes the “doubleness” that blacks can experience when belonging to two groups at the same time which have been constructed as oppositional and exclusive in a society. One of Du Bois’s main concerns is to highlight the troublesome situation of the African Americans in the time after the emancipation, and to advocate for the inclusion of black people’s culture and identity into the U.S. national identity. Gilroy develops the idea of double consciousness to question national identities, notions of ethnicity, and the assumption that cultures always flow into congruent patterns with national borders; he further suggests that the Atlantic should be taken as a single, complex formation of black cultural expression. The analysis in this essay of the poems by Hughes and Guillén show that even though the poetry of these writers emerges in different contexts their poetry share essential similarities in their expressions of the Black Atlantic: the expression of a collective subject’s experience of slavery and displacement, the experience of double consciousness, and the aspiration for a whole identity, which can either, or simultaneously, be a desire of belonging to a national identity or to a cosmopolitan identity. Furthermore the analysis displays that the poems express a belonging to a certain kind of ‘rootless cosmopolitanism’ in which the subject’s experience of not belonging and the unification in the dispersion is fundamental; this rootless world identity is in itself a manifestation of the Black Atlantic culture which Gilroy describes.

  • 39. Blanck, Dag
    et al.
    Hjorthén, Adam
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
    Transnationalizing Swedish-American Relations: An Introduction to the Special Forum2016In: Journal of Transnational American Studies, ISSN 1940-0764, E-ISSN 1940-0764, Vol. 7, no 1, p. 1-16Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 40.
    Bodin, Per-Arne
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies, Finnish, Dutch, and German, Slavic Languages.
    Anteckningar om Anna Achmatova: bok 1; 1938-41. Om Silverålderns öde och överlevande under sovjettiden2016In: Signum : katolsk orientering om kyrka, kultur, samhälle, ISSN 0347-0423, no 1, p. 30-35Article, book review (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 41.
    Bodin, Per-Arne
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies, Finnish, Dutch, and German, Slavic Languages.
    Mandel'shtam and the Opera: On the Poem “Chut' Mertsaet...”2017In: Russian literature, ISSN 0304-3479, E-ISSN 1878-3678, Vol. 91, p. 27-46Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Osip Mandel'shtam's poetry has been interpreted abundantly by scholars and it might be seen as preposterous to return to one of the most discussed poems in general: “Chut' mertsaet prizrachnaia stsena” dealing with Gluck's opera Orpheus and Eurydice. My approach will be an intermedial one and I will analyse it in relation to the famous productions at the Mariinskii Opera in 1910 and in 1919. The task will be to scrutinize the relationship between the text of the poem and various paratexts, or, in the words of Derrida (1987) and broader, the relation between ergon and parergon. The focus is on the aesthetic impact of these relations more than on the question of genesis or influence. The basis for the interpretation will be the opposition between the period of the performance and the post-performance time, as well as the notion of liminality. The poem will be analysed against the background of the motif of the exit from the theatre in Russian 19th century Russian culture both in relation to literature and to a lithography from 1843 made by Rudol'f Zhukovskii. I will, however, use in particular material concerning the opera performance alluded to in the poem.

  • 42.
    Bodin, Per-Arne
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies, Finnish, Dutch, and German, Slavic Languages.
    Myt och dystopi i Andrej Platonovs Dzjan2017In: Revolution och existens: läsningar av Andrej Platonov / [ed] Tora Lane, Stockholm: Ersatz , 2017, p. 97-114Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 43.
    Bodin, Per-Arne
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies, Finnish, Dutch, and German, Slavic Languages.
    Pusjkin och Greta Garbo2016In: Aiolos, ISSN 1400-7770, no 55, p. 43-51Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 44.
    Bodin, Per-Arne
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies, Finnish, Dutch, and German, Slavic Languages.
    TSVETAEVA AND HISTORY: ON THE DEMESNE OF THE SWANS AND THE POEM, “TO THE TSAR—AT EASTER”2015In: Slavic and East European Journal, ISSN 0037-6752, E-ISSN 2325-7687, Vol. 59, no 4, p. 544-564Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 45.
    Bodin, Per-Arne
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies, Finnish, Dutch, and German, Slavic Languages.
    Unorthodox Beauty: Russian Modernism and Its New Religious Aesthetic. By Martha M. F. Kelly. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 20162017In: Slavic Review: American quarterly of Russian, Eurasian and East European studies, ISSN 0037-6779, E-ISSN 2325-7784, Vol. 76, no 2, p. 562-563Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 46.
    Bouttier, Sarah
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
    War and Continuity in D. H. Lawrence's Works2015In: Etudes Lawrenciennes, ISSN 2272-4001, no 46Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The incipit of Lady Chatterley’s Lover has a particular distant tone and is immediately attributed to its protagonist: “This was more or less Constance Chatterley’s position.” The free indirect speech, the mitigating use of the adverbs “more or less” and the overall non-committal impression conveyed by this paragraph should alert us on the fact that it does not account for Lawrence’s vision of the effect of the Great War. However, these first lines seem to encompass claims often made when depicting Lawrence’s vision of the war. After a brief summary of those claims, this paper will seek to show that even though they are absolutely legitimate, they do not account for the whole of Lawrence’s reaction and depiction of the war and its aftermath: instead of the common idea of rupture and confinement brought about by the war, this paper emphasizes, through a close reading of war scenes and descriptions of characters before and after the war, the notion of continuity through the war. 

  • 47.
    Brott, Jonathan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
    The Point of Play: Resuscitating Romantic Irony in Metamodern Poetics2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This essay investigates the prospect of Romantic Irony’s potential resurgence in contemporary poetics and discusses its relevance and likeness with metamodernism.

    The internet has by now not only seeped into, but fully permeated, the process of literary production and distribution. The effect of this has been the birth of a new kind of poetic discourse which can broadly be called metamodernism, The New Sincerity or Alt-lit. This movement is characterized by its self-reflexive metacommentary, fragmentary nature and an oscillation between of irony and sincerity. Vermeulen and Akker, among others, have hinted at metamodernism’s relation to Romanticism, but research into the specifics of its tendency towards Romantic Irony is scarce. By viewing the writings of Steve Roggenbuck (a central figure in the new poetic movement), alongside the philosophy of Friedrich Schlegel, I propose a comparative framework for discussion of sincerity, irony and the instrumentalization of contemporary metamodernist writing.

    I demonstrate that Roggenbuck’s writing displays narratological, tropological and thematic tendencies commonly associated with both Romantic Irony and metamodernism. Apart from broader structural comparison, I attempt a comparative analysis between Roggenbuck’s poetry (2010-2015) and Thomas Carlyle’s novel “Sartor Resartus” (1833-1834) in order to provide a visualisation of the rhetorical and narratological strategies of Romantic Irony. I aim to frame Romantic Irony as a sensibility, or mode of discourse - rather than a strict system of thought - which may still be at work today. In extension, the sensibilities of Romantic Irony may shed further light into the philosophical potential of the seemingly incomprehensible and contradictory tendencies of metamodernism. By ironicizing its poetic form, literary ambition and desire for sincerity in a post-postmodern era, Roggenbuck’s poetry celebrates ambiguity and literary failure, ultimately framing irony as a constructive and potentially democratic operation.

  • 48.
    Carlberg, Matilda
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, General Linguistics.
    Att förstärka sinnelag och sinnesstämning: En korpusstudie av förstärkande förled hos svenska adjektiv2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    There is no description in the Swedish grammar regarding how adjectives can be reinforced with prefixes, also known as intensifiers. Research shows that this phenomenon have recieved greater attention in other languages. The purpose of this study was to describe and map the use of prefix reinforcements, and see if any patterns or rules could be found. The quantitative research is based on statistical data collected from informal blog texts in two Swedish corpora. Adjectives on two types of mood, solid and temporary, as well as positive and negative, were investigated. The results showed that some types were more inclined to take reinforcements than others. Temporary adjectives took on more than solid ones, negative more than positive, as well as the short and frequent adjectives where more often reinforced than the longer and uncommon ones

  • 49.
    Cashin, David
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Oriental Languages.
    The ocean of love: Middle Bengali sufi literature and the fakirs of Bengal1995Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 50.
    Castro, Azucena
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics.
    Approaching photographic ekphrasis2013In: Approaching photographic ekphrasis, 2013Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    My paper analyses the ekphrastic sequences in postmodern writer Tomás Eloy Martínez’s novel, Santa Evita (1995), in which the photographic descriptions of Eva Perón are a recurring theme. The photographic ekphrasis in this novel reflects the various meanings and messages the photography has, but it also manifests the appropriation of the photographictools and mechanisms by the literary practice to create a deceitful sensation of reality in the reader-spectator. The fictive world is created by miming the physical and mechanical resources of the photographic technique. Therefore, I will consider the contribution of photography studies and history of photography to interpretation in an inter-arts discourse, with reference to Brunet’s claim about photography having paradigmatically moved from the age of the icon (resemblance to something present) to the age of the index (trace of the absent) (2009:150). The referential ambiguity of the photography serves me to discuss further theoretical issues: 1- photography’s relation to history-making, history-writing, art-making and fiction-writing in the post-modern aesthetics; 2-the concepts of referential and notional ekphrasis (John Hollander in Mitchell, 1994:157) in the light of the traditional claims of truth and documentation made by photographs and the new developments in fictional photography, photographic ekphrasis and other photo-textual productions.

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