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Att ställa sin estetik på intet: En studie av modernistisk prosaestetik i Thorsten Jonssons roman Konvoj
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
On nothing have I set my aesthetics : A study of the modernistic aesthetic of prose in Thorsten Jonsson's novel Konvoj (English)
Abstract [en]

The focus of this essay lies on examining the modernistic aesthetics of prose in Thorsten Jonsson’s novel Konvoj (1947). When Walter Benjamin wrote ”The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” he proved that new technological inventions affected the reception of art. By studying Konvoj in light of Benjamin’s theory, this study indicates that the technology of modernity affects the narrative and the use of metaphors in the novel. In addition I want to investigate how Konvoj can be studied through the theories of Marshall Berman, Theodor W. Adorno and Anthony Giddens, and this by envisioning the modernistic prose as a response to the 19th century modernity. This study illustrates that the style and the narrative aspects of the novel can be understood through modernity, and that the plot (and the characters) are all affected by it. The protagonist of the novel, Antoni Borowski, becomes an object when he is caught in a situation he can’t control, but also a subject when caught in situations he is capable of taking control of. The analysis shows that Konvoj is not only an innovative and an experimental novel in terms of its narrative, but also a novel in which the distinction between nature and culture affects the protagonist Borowski with confusion and alienation.

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2018. , p. 52
Keywords [en]
Modernism, modernity, aesthetics, prose, Thorsten Jonsson, Marshall Berman, Theodor W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin
Keywords [sv]
Modernism, modernitet, prosaestetik, Thorsten Jonsson, Marshall Berman, Theodor W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-149781OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-149781DiVA, id: diva2:1225394
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Available from: 2018-09-06 Created: 2018-06-26 Last updated: 2018-09-06Bibliographically approved

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