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  • 1.
    Ambrosiani, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
    Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita: Text, paratext, and translation2016In: Translation and Interpreting Studies, ISSN 1932-2798, E-ISSN 1876-2700, Vol. 11, no 1, 81-99 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article addresses the relationship between text and paratext in the publication history of Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita. Such paratexts include Nabokov’s own afterword to the 1958 American edition and his postscript (published in 1967) to his own translation of Lolita into Russian, as well as various introductions and afterwords, both in English-language editions and in translations of Lolita into Russian and other languages. A particularly interesting type of paratext is constituted by annotations to the main text, and the analysis focuses on parallel examples published in annotated editions of Lolita in English, Russian, Polish, German, Ukrainian, and French. The analysis shows that the most detailed annotations concerning the totality of the English and Russian Lolita text and paratexts can be found in editions published in languages other than English and Russian, whereas most English or Russian editions seem to focus on the respective language version. There is still no complete, annotated edition of the bilingual text containing all the authorial paratexts.

  • 2.
    Anders, Johansson
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Critica obscura: litteraturkritiska essäer2012Book (Other academic)
  • 3.
    Andersson, Ann-Helén
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    "Jag är baserad på verkliga personer": Ironi och röstgivande i Kristina Lugns författarskap2010Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    ”I am based on real people,” Kristina Lugn writes in the foreword to her play Nattorienterarna (1999). This quotation summarises the ever-changing concept of the ego which finds expression in Lugn’s writing and which is the focus of this study. Special emphasis is placed on the way in which Lugn tackles the concept of the ego in both her work and her appearances in the media, and also how in recent years she has taken to greater depths this playing with the ego’s changing forms and has, in an ironic way, created different egos which are constant in neither time nor space. The thesis is in part a text analysis of Lugn’s lyrics and drama and in part an examination of Lugn’s appearances in the media – and, in the case of the latter, it touches on intermedial aspects.

    The analysis discusses how Lugn expresses in different ways in her appearances in the media pathos for groups seen as potentially isolated and vulnerable, of which children constitute a particularly charged category. One argument in this reasoning is that Lugn’s constant nods at and incorporating of the exposed and solitary child’s experience of society’s norms and power order structures is a basis and a reason for the explosive power in her ironic delivery of a critique of power, in her questioning and shaking up of the ordered roles of gender.

    The purpose of the thesis is to examine the irony and what can be characterised as “the giving of voice” in Kristina Lugn’s literary production, and also how these devices hang together. One chief question is whether it can be viewed that Lugn’s irony is used both as a means of style and as a (literary) political strategy.

    The concept of the giving of voice is used to illustrate the way in which Lugn as author and role player allows her personae and characters to speak, often in situations of her devising where they are, and feel they are, powerless in different senses, even though she has inevitably, in her capacity as author, the power to edit and dictate.

    A secondary aim is to present a more nuanced and in-depth picture of Lugn’s writing than that done so far in the reception given Lugn in the media. The study focuses attention on Lugn’s ironic stage-setting of ego positions and the constant playing with fiction and reality which characterises her writing. This is in contrast to the early reception of Lugn as a depressive confessional lyricist, where the fictitious personae were very much likened to the biographical figure of Lugn. Part of this revisionist picture includes a discussion about how central the position of the child is in both Lugn’s work and her appearances in the media.

    Irony and the giving of voice in her writing is discussed and illustrated with examples from a selection of Lugn’s literary works. Focus is placed on the poetry collections Om ni hör ett skott… (1979), Percy Wennerfors (1982) and Hundstunden. Kvinnlig bekännelselyrik (1989),  and also on the theatre scripts Tant Blomma (1993), Idlaflickorna (1993), Nattorienterarna (1999) and Stulna juveler (2000). The selection of the material in the media consists of TV and radio programmes in public service broadcasting and also daily newspapers, evening papers and weekly magazines. An examination of this material is made on the basis of three points in time: that of Lugn’s literary breakthrough as a lyricist; i.e. 1983 and the period around then, the 1990s in connection with Lugn’s transition from primarily that of lyricist to that of dramatist, and the period around the turn of the millennium in connection with the première performance of the play Stulna juveler.

  • 4.
    Andersson, Tamara
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Den ensamma sjöjungfrun: Om Carina Rydbergs jagberättande ur ett genreperspektiv2015Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The focus of this study is the two autobiographical novels Den högsta kasten (1997) and Djävulsformeln (2000) by Swedish author Carina Rydberg. Both novels generated lively public debate regarding how they ought to be read and understood, what genre they belonged to, and the ontological status of the narrating “I”. The aim is to investigate why the protagonist, Carina, is perceived as unintelligible by many readers and explore how she can be understood in relation to what constitutes an intelligible identity from a literary and cultural perspective.

    The novels, as well as their protagonist, are approached from the perspective of genre theory, the argument being that Carina’s unintelligibility is directly dependent on what genre she is read in relation to. In the first part of the thesis the ambiguities of autobiographical texts are discussed, and the narrative and protagonist are analyzed in relation to the autobiographical genre. In the second part of the thesis the consequences of reading the texts as examples of the Gothic with emphasis on monstrosity, the uncanny and sexual transgression are examined. The two readings demonstrate how interpretations of text and character are highly influenced by the reader's expectations connected to genre. Rydberg’s transgression of the norms of genre, gender, and identity leaves the reader with a contradictory set of genre-specific expectations, which in turn makes it difficult to understand and accept the protagonist.

    The main theme of both novels is Carina’s unsuccessful attempts to reconcile what she sees as two separate, essentially incompatible identities: woman and author. The final chapter includes a comparative study in which Rydberg’s novels are linked to works by other Swedish female writers, both past and contemporary, to demonstrate that the conflict of woman versus author is a common problem for female writers. The thesis closes with a discussion about the possibility of placing Rydberg in a specifically female literary tradition and demonstrate how a feminist analysis can make the unintelligible intelligible.

  • 5.
    Andersson, Tamara
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Det finns fler än ett sätt att skala en lök: om litteraturvetenskaplig metod, skrivande och glädje2012In: Mitt i metoden: kulturvetenskapliga reflektioner / [ed] Bo Nilsson & Anna Sofia Lundgren, Umeå: Institutionen för kultur- och medievetenskaper, Umeå universitet , 2012, 17-26 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 6. Bak, Krzysztof
    What is Hidden in Västerbotten’s Stomach?: On Augustine and Torgny Lindgren’s Minnen 2014In: Journal of Northern Studies, ISSN 1654-5915, Vol. 8, no 1, 91-142 p.Article 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.

  • 7. Balzamo, Elena
    The Geopolitical Laplander: From Olaus Magnus to Johannes Schefferus2014In: Journal of Northern Studies, ISSN 1654-5915, Vol. 8, no 2, 29-43 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    After being either completely ignored or mixed up with monsters and devils, which in the medieval imagination dwelled in the Extreme North, the Sami were suddenly brought into the limelight by Olaus Magnus (1492–1557), Swedish catholic bishop in exile. His Carta marina (1539) and Historia de gentibus septentrionalibus (1555) contain most valuable information, depicting the Sami’s natural virtues, practical skills and mysterious magic powers. The image provided by these works became widely spread in Europe thanks both to the reprints of the Latin originals and to the numerous translations. In the seventeenth century the theme was re-actualized by a new publication, entirely devoted to Lapland and its inhabitants: Lapponia (1673) by Johannes Schefferus (1621–1679). Translated into a number of languages it replaced the image created by Olaus Magnus with a new one, at the same time similar and different. The present paper examines some crucial points of this evolution in order to show that both “portraits” reflect motivations that go beyond purely scholarly interest: each of them is part of the ideological struggle of its time—the Reformation in one case, the conflicts brought to life by the Thirty Years’ War in the other.

  • 8.
    Barrett, James
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Humlab. Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
    Narratives of Creation and Space:: Pilgrimage, Aboriginal and Digital2008In: Format, ISSN 0867-2555, no 55, 18-19 p.Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    I approach digital media via brief examinations of spatial and narrative discourse networks not often associated with the digital. This approach is meant to suggest that digital media is a product and a producer of a dynamic realignment of cultural assumptions globally, such as what is considered to be 'narrative'. The cultural fields I discuss in relation to digital media are the performance of pilgrimage and some of the story telling systems of the Australian Aboriginal nations. In relation to pilgrimage the 9th century Buddhist stupa of Borobudur on the Indonesian island of Java is examined as an example of a spatial hypermediation that immerses the pilgrim in a story manifest through interactions. The Aboriginal story systems examined move across media forms (spoken word, song, body paint, sculpture, bark painting) to present a participatory narrative grounded in culturally specific understandings of space and place.

    My use of the term 'digital' refers to media systems that rely on digital technologies. The major features of digital technologies relevant here is the effectiveness of the technology at constructing spatial relations in representations and the demand of the direct participation of the users as co-creators of what is represented.

     

  • 9.
    Barrett, James
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Humlab.
    Rhetoric of the Holy in the Online Virtual Environment of Second Life2010In: Changing societies – values, religions, and education: A selection of papers from a conference at Umeå University, June 2009 / [ed] Karin Sporre and Gudrun Svedberg, Umeå: Umeå School of Education , 2010, no 7, 19-24 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper discusses three examples of rhetorical holiness from the online virtual world of Second Life. The rhetorical holiness is compared to the representation of beliefs and practices in physical settings. By examining representation of the holy in Second Life it is possible to discuss the shift from older to new media forms in established and therefore comparative contexts. How these movements reflect and affect practices and beliefs is argued as highlighting networks of power and meaning.

  • 10.
    Barrett, James
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies. Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Humlab.
    Virtual worlds, machinima and cooperation over borders2013In: Sens Public: International Web Journal, ISSN 2104-3272Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Cooperation over borders between individuals and groups is possible using online three-dimensional virtual worlds. This cooperation occurs in the production of art, research, teaching and learning, and performance as well as in building social, professional and personal contexts. The borders that are crossed can be geopolitical, generational, spatial and embodied. In order to maintain coherence for people to meet, talk, build, write, perform and exchange in virtual worlds, a sense and understanding of place is required. Such human activities as meeting are reliant on a shared space and place. This chapter integrates the idea of sharing places in examples of how virtual worlds can provide common spaces and places from a series of projects involving art, documentation, teaching and communication. By using examples of one artist’s project and several machinima – videos made using screen-capture software on computers, to film places and avatar actors in virtual worlds – I argue these virtual worlds can enable cooperation over a variety of borders through sharing.

  • 11.
    Barrett, James
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Humlab. Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
    Frankenstein’s Monster Comes Home: The ‘Two Cultures’ in Remix2013In: Authorship, ISSN 2034-4643, Vol. 2, no 2Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley (1818) is the starting point for this reading of remix in relation to authorship and its implications for creative work. The monster in Frankenstein has no single author, or father, and is damned by his mixed parentage as much as by his inability to recreate himself. Alone, he falls into the waste as a product of the divide between poetry and science. The ‘two cultures’ coined by C. P. Snow (1956) address this same divide and lament its dominance in mid twentieth-century intellectual life. But contemporary remix culture that relies on digital media closes this gap as poets now write code and artists are technicians. In my close reading of five remixes I show that origin is no longer relevant in the mixed material realization of processes that are performed or ‘re-authored’ in reception. In these remixes the creator reinterprets by changing the context of remixed elements in the works. The result is textual hybrids that are remixed further in reception.

  • 12.
    Beden, Nadja
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
    Body and Mind: A Phenomenological and Corporeal Approach to J. M. Coetzee’s Characters in Waiting for the Barbarians and In the Heart of the Country 2014Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 13.
    Bergdahl, Liv Saga
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Kärleken utan namn: Identitet och (o)synlighet i svenska lesbiska romaner2010Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this thesis is to study representations of identity and (in)visibility in Swedish lesbian novels written in the 1930s, and to provide a summary of Swedish lesbian literature up to the early 21st century. This study has been done through a close reading primarily of Charlie by Margareta Suber (1932), Fröknarna von Pahlen by Agnes von Krusenstjerna (1930–1935) and Kris by Karin Boye (1934).

    Lesbian literature is discussed as a loose category, a construction which can be used as an analytical tool in a conscious and reflexive way, with its basis in the categories of author, text and reader. In short, I define lesbian literature as novels written by women, about lesbian figures and/or relationships, and for lesbian readers in the sense that the literature depicts lesbians from an insider’s perspective.

    As regards the period before 1930, the focus is on romantic friendship and the excitement zone when the romantic friendship becomes a sexual one, as seen in the fictitious case of Sin fars dotter (1920) by Lydia Wahlström.

    Sexological theories, the image of “the new woman” and changes to the law all colour the first half of the 20th century. This is seen in Charlie by Margareta Suber, where the author makes use of many such explanations in her creation of a lesbian figure.

    A reading of Fröknarna von Pahlen by Agnes von Krusenstjerna shows an intricate pattern of relationships at its heart. My analysis charts several same-sex couples, a lesbian single woman and two collectives; that is to say, the female collective and the male homosexual collective. The relationships between women are many-faceted and include everything from romantic friendship, kinship and sensualism to eroticism and shared parenthood.

    In my analysis of Kris by Karin Boye, I focus on Malin, the main character, and the development of her sense of identity, in which the struggle between the language of the world around her and her own emotional experience of love for a woman is a central theme.

    After the 1930s, the historical context changed in terms of everything from decriminalisation in 1944 via the homophobic panic of the 1950s to the impact of queer theory in the 1990s. Swedish lesbian literature addresses everything from crime of passion (murder) to the coming out process of young women.

    There exists in all novels from the 1930s an interplay that is (in)visible: the characters or lesbian relationships depicted are both visible and invisible at the same time. The characters are more or less aware of the potential risks attached to being visible as a lesbian, and often they do not notice themselves when this occurs. During the course of the 20th century, (in)visibility becomes replaced by openness and secrecy, and the visibility of the lesbian characters is politicised. 

  • 14.
    Berglund, Peter
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Comparative Literature and Scandinavian Languages.
    Segrarnas sorgsna eftersmak: Om autenticitetssträvan i Stig Larssons romaner2004Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    At the heart of this thesis are the Swedish author Stig Larsson’s novels: Autisterna (The Autistic, 1979), Nyår (New Year, 1984), Introduktion (Introduction, 1986) and Komedin I (The Comedy I, 1989). The purpose is to illuminate how certain central activities in the novels contribute strongly to the actual formation of these works. A part of this purpose is demonstrating that these central activities can be related to fundamental thinking in the writer’s authorship that concerns a struggle for authenticity. In terms of theory I connect principally to Jean-Pierre Richard’s thematic criticism. The purpose of the thesis, the theoretical considerations and a presentation of Stig Larsson form the first chapter.

    The second chapter discusses Larsson’s aesthetic points of departure, where a recurring striving after authenticity and change stand in focus. The chapter begins by placing Larsson’s authorship in relation to a late-modernistic literary tradition. Next it is emphasised that this authentic attitude often stands on a collision course with a harmonising and anti-modernistic view of literature, associated with György Lukács, which was common in Sweden in the 1970s when Larsson debuted as an author. The chapter ends with a rough description of the three most important elements of Larsson’s quest for authenticity: insignificant phenomena, everyday activities and painful experiences.

    The third chapter concerns the insignificant and minimal activities that are such a dominant element in Larsson’s novels. First comes an analysis of the ”small moments” observed during a train journey by the protagonist of Autisterna, and then a comparison is made with literary impressionism. The chapter then focuses on: the peripheral spatial dimension, the odd moments in time, the slow movement and, finally, ”the view of an uninterrupted nothing”. Given Larsson’s aversion to a harmonising and grandiose literature, these insignificant phenomena are a clear element in his struggle for authenticity.

    The everyday, the worthless and the ugly are the focus of the fourth chapter. The theme of everyday life is looked at from four different perspectives. The first concerns an ordinary everydayness (food preparation, watching TV and everyday games) and the second the literally worthless and ugly (rubbish and bodily fluids). The third perspective looks in detail at everyday language, and the performative character of dialogue in Larsson’s novels, and the fourth at relations to modern Swedish social developments since the 1960s.

    The fifth chapter looks at humiliation, violence and abuse in the novels. I argue throughout that Larsson chooses to touch on phenomena such as humiliation and violence because they show more authentically how real people behave towards each other in real life. Even the way in which these activities are portrayed can be related to ideas concerning authenticity. This is because Larsson generally chooses to portray both violence and humiliation visually and without comment.

    The thesis ends with a sixth chapter, which consists of a brief conclusion that shows how ideas concerning authenticity and change can also be related to four autobiographical prose works that Stig Larsson released between 1997 and 2000.

  • 15. Bergman, Kerstin
    et al.
    Bäckström, PerClaesson, ChristianDahlberg, LeifForslid, TorbjörnFranzén, CarinCullhed, AnnaHelgesson, StefanHenrikson, PaulaIngvarsson, JonasJohansson, AndersJohansson, ChristerLindhé, CeciliaUmeå University, Faculty of Arts, Humlab.Lysell, RolandMöller, HåkanNovén, BengtOrlov, JaninaSjöholm, CeciliaSundén, JennyUllén, Magnus
    Codex and Code: Aestethcis, Language and Politics in an Age of Digital Media, NORLIT 2009, Stockholm, August 6-9, 20092010Collection (editor) (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The conference Codex and Code: Aesthetics, Language and Politics in an Age of Digital Media (NorLit 2009)was held at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, August 6–9, 2009. The conference was organized by the Nordic Association for Comparative Literature (NorLit); the Department of Culture and Communication, Linköping University; the School of Computer Science and Communication, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH); the Department of Comparative Literature, Stockholm University; the Department of Culture and Communication, Södertörn University College; and the Department of Comparative Literature, Uppsala University.

        The aim of the conference was to develop the study of Comparative Literature through Nordic collaboration both in its own discipline and in Modern Language and Cultural studies. As the title for the conference suggests, the principal question for the conference was the challenge that the study of literature encounters in an age of digitalization and globalization. It was our aim to encourage discussion of how literary studies respond to the ongoing changes in media and technology, politics and economy. Many have argued that the Humanities currently are in a state of crisis. We believe that the discipline seldom has found itself in such an interesting and fruitful historical moment. Several of these questions have surfaced during earlier media system changes, in particular during Romanticism and Modernism, which provided the conference with an historical frame. The conference Codex and Code also addressed questions of authenticity and originality, identity and gender, literary genres and reading practices, media and materiality, culture and popular culture, language and history, world literature, work aesthetics, translations, and canon formation.

        The conference Codex and Code wanted to stimulate interdisciplinary scholarly research of the literary in a broad sense. The conference was open to scholars in Comparative Literature and in Classical and Modern Languages, Aesthetics, Media and Communication studies, Film and Theatre studies, Philosophy and adjacent disciplines. The conference was organized around a number of thematic sessions in which researchers and scholars presented and discussed papers.

        The conference has received generous financial support from the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, Magnus Bergwall foundation, Granholms foundation, Linköping University, School of Computer Science and Communication, Royal Institute of Technology, Svenska litteratursällskapet; the Swedish Academy, Swedish Science Council, and Vitterhetsakademien.

  • 16.
    Björk, Johannes
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Magnus Nilsson: Literature and Class. Aesthetical and Political Strategies in Modern Swedish Working-Class Literature2014In: Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap, ISSN 1104-0556, E-ISSN 2001-094X, Vol. 44, no 3-4, 147-150 p.Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 17.
    Björk, Johannes
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Dispositivets historia2013In: Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap, ISSN 1104-0556, E-ISSN 2001-094X, Vol. 43, no 3-4, 156-159 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 18.
    Björk, Johannes
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Med rätten att döda2011In: Arena, ISSN 1652-0556, no 4, 51-52 p.Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 19.
    Björk, Johannes
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    I väntan på nya namn2014In: Glänta, ISSN 1104-5205, no 1Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 20.
    Björk, Johannes
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Förberedande anteckningar till en undersökning om estetisk autonomi i överbefolkningens tidevarv2016In: Paletten, ISSN 0031-0352, no 3, 49-53 p.Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 21. Björk, Johannes
    Bokbindaren P. J. Öbers estetiska erfarenheter och dess produktiva inaktivitet2014In: Från Bruket till Yarden: Nordiska perspektiv på arbetardiktning / [ed] Bibi Jonsson, Magnus Nilsson, Birthe Sjöberg, Jimmy Vulovic, Lund: Absalon , 2014, 35-46 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 22.
    Björnfjord, Ann
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
    Ondaatje's Characters Governed by Emotions: An Ahmedian Analysis on How Love and Pain Can Affect Fiction Characters2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This essay delas with the effect of emotions on Ondaatje's characters.  By using Sara Ahmed's theory that they way we react and act is shaped by our contact with other people and that "emotions shape the very surfaces of bodies" (Ahmed 4) and that this in turn make us either approach or reject people, Ondaatje's main characters are analysed.  It is their meeting with certain people that governs their feelings and explains the way they act. 

  • 23.
    Bohlin, Anna
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Röstens anatomi: läsningar av politik i Elin Wägners Silverforsen, Selma Lagerlöfs Löwensköldtrilogi och Klara Johansons Tidevarvskåserier2008Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this thesis is to investigate the voice in Elin Wägner’s novel Silverforsen (1924), Selma Lagerlöf’s Löwensköld trilogy (1925–1928) and Klara Johanson’s causeries in the feminist weekly newspaper Tidevarvet 1923–1924, in relation to women’s suffrage. Swedish women were finally granted the right to vote in 1921. The female political voice arroused high expectations of societal change: the female body was supposed to provide a female perspective on politics. However, the connection between the body and the voice was imagined differently by different theorists of emancipation. Therefore, in order to pinpoint the functions of the voice, the functions of corporeality need examination as well. The readings of the novels and causeries by Wägner, Lagerlöf and Johanson reveal striking discrepancies in the functions of the voice in relation to corporeality.

    The examination of the functions of the voice includes an account of the genre, the mood and the narrator’s voice as well as the characters’ ability to speak and the workings of the voice in the societies established in Silverforsen, the Löwensköld trilogy and Johanson’s causeries. A central argument of the dissertation concerns Wägner’s, Lagerlöf’s and Johanson’s various constructions of identity. Identity proves to be of equal importance to legitimate political action. Though, while Wägner’s notion of identity is based primarily on sex and inspired by the voice of God, Lagerlöf complicates the criteria for identity, featuring nationality, family and social class as primary distinctions. Johanson, for her part, rejects the idea of a shared gender identity all together. She still emphasises the need for politics to voice identity, although identity in her account includes only one single person.

    Contemporary theories on gender by Ellen Key, Mathilde Vaerting, Rosa Mayreder, Otto Weininger, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Alexandra Kollontay and Olive Schreiner form a context for the relations between voice, corporeality and emancipation developed by the novels and causeries. The readings of the literary texts are also, in their turn, intended to shed light on the theories of emancipation. This study proposes a new metatheoretical model instead of the heavily criticized distinction between essentialism and constructivism, by focusing the relation between corporeality and meaning, using the rhetorical tropes to analyse these relations. The tropological model may specify the body of the early twentieth century identity politics.

  • 24.
    Borgström, Maria
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
    El tiempo entre medios: Un análisis de la adaptación de la novela El tiempo entre costuras a la serie televisiva2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    I den här uppsatsen görs en analys baserad på adaptationsteori av boken och serien med samma namn nämligen El tiempo entre costuras. Genom att använda funktioner inom adaptationsteorin analyseras materialet med målet att svara på frågorna hur den formella strukturen av boken och serien skiljer sig åt, hur några av huvudpersonerna har anpassats från boken till serien, om några exakta fraser från boken kan återhittas i serien samt hur två olika scener från boken har adapterats i serien. Analysen visar t.ex. att den generella strukturen på boken och serien inte är den samma samt att de kardinalfunktioner som hittats i boken också återfinns i serien och generellt sett har adaptationen från boken till serien skett i enlighet med teorin.       

  • 25.
    Borsgård, Gustav
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    En postmodern litteraturdidaktik?: En undersökning av Hjalmar Söderbergs Doktor Glas och dess litterära ekon i skolan2011Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Hjalmar Söderberg är en svensk författare vars verk i allra högsta grad lever kvar i våra dagar, vilket visar sig i de mångtaliga omtolkningar på hans romaner som uppkommit under 2000-talet. Med detta arbete vill jag dels analysera Hjalmar Söderbergs mest uppmärksammande roman Doktor Glas (1905), dels utveckla en didaktisering av de sentida pastischer som sprungit ur verket och belysa pastischernas postmoderna tendenser.

    Mitt syfte är också att undersöka hur dagens gymnasielärare ser på användandet av Hjalmar Söderbergs texter i sin undervisning. I arbetet intervjuar jag sex yrkesverksamma svensklärare som pekar på olika förtjänster med att använda sig av Söderbergs texter i elevsammanhang, däribland språket, stockholmsskildringen, de etiska och moraliska frågeställningarna som tas upp i texterna samt Söderbergs texter som förmedlare av ett svenskt kulturarv.

    Därutöver har jag själv gått ut i skolan och provat min didaktisering av de sentida omtolkningarna av Söderbergs Doktor Glas med en elevgrupp. Eleverna har sedermera fått besvara en skriftlig uppgift om pastischerna samt en utvärderande enkät om hur de upplevde mitt lektionsmoment. Utifrån detta diskuterar jag hur och varför Söderbergs texter kan ha en plats i skolundervisningen samt vilka förtjänster det finns med att undervisa om postmodernistisk litteratur i skolan.

    Resultatet från lärarintervjuerna och elevenkäterna för mitt resonemang in på hur vissa elever kan ha svårigheter att förstå äldre texter och forna tiders moralsyn, men också nyttan av att utmana sina egna perspektiv och sin egen tids tankesätt. Med min ansats om en postmodern litteraturdidaktik i åtanke diskuterar jag undervisningsformens problem, men också dess möjligheter: att utveckla en historisk förståelse för litteratur och att klargöra villkoren för konstnärligt skapande, vilket i förlängningen kan gagna den egna kreativiteten.

  • 26.
    Boström, Tage
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Litteraturvetenskapliga institutionen.
    Den objudne gästen: hur Maeterlinck introducerades och mottogs i Sverige intill 19031979Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Boström, T. 1979. Den objudne gästen. HurMaeterlinckintroducerades och mottogs i Sverige intill 1903. The Intruder. How Maeter1 inck1 s work became known and was received in Sweden up to I9O3. With a Summary in French. ISBN 91-7174-038-4. 230 pp.The aim of the thesis is to show how Maurice Maeter1 i nek 1 s work became known i n Sweden and how it was received up to 1903. This examination is placed in relation to important facts concerning the man himself, his aesthetic theory, his literary production in general and the background of Belgium and France. From these countries his literary path is traced to Sweden through Denmark, Norway and Finland. Attention is concentrated on Maeterlinck's reception by the Scandi nav.i an pub 1 i c and on which of his works were translated and published or introduced by means of the stage. In this connection the motives and principles for staging The Intruder and Pelléas and Mé1 isande are studied. Up to 1892 Scandinavian critics regarded Maeterlinck's works as being essentially realistic. Later there was a change and the critics then began to regard and interpret him as a symbolist. On the whole it cannot be said that Maeter1 i nek was justly performed or understood, which probably helped to delay interest in him and in symbolism in general. Opponents of conventional Swedish stage procedure sometimes used Maeterlinck as a positive argument for change,but on the whole the spiritual climate remained unfavourable for the author. Not until 1902 did Maeterlinck become a recognised master owing to two Swedish translations of the internationally successful Life of the Bees, which received cri t i cal acci aim and was the start of his breakthrough in Sweden. The following year Monna Vanna was a similar success on the Swedi s h s tage. The traditions in Swedish cultural life which had meant that Maeterlinck's symbolist works were not accepted instead ensured his success now that he had abandoned symbolism.

  • 27.
    Bränström Öhman, Annelie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Hemsökande klyschor2011In: Västerbottens-Kuriren, ISSN 1104-0246, Vol. 08.11, no 185Article, book review (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 28.
    Bränström Öhman, Annelie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Kärlek och andra laglösa känslor2011In: Att känna sig fram: känslor i humanistisk genusforskning / [ed] Annelie Bränström Öhman, Maria Jönsson, Ingeborg Svensson, Umeå: h:ström - Text & Kultur , 2011, 1, 143-167 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 29.
    Bränström Öhman, Annelie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Med mod om livets vadmalsfaktor2011In: Västerbottens-Kuriren, ISSN 1104-0246, no 126, 39-39 p.Article, book review (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 30.
    Bränström Öhman, Annelie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Med lätt hand om allvarsamma ting2011In: Västerbottens-Kuriren, ISSN 1104-0246, Vol. 29.7Article, book review (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 31.
    Bränström Öhman, Annelie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Marilyns egna ord vibrerar av liv och sårbarhet2011In: Västerbottens-Kuriren, ISSN 1104-0246, Vol. 9.21, 35-35 p.Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 32.
    Bränström Öhman, Annelie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).
    The making of an academic quilt: Om stil och politik i feministiskt akademiskt skrivande2009In: Bøygen. Litterært tidskrift, ISSN 0860-8623, no 2, 34-41 p.Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 33.
    Bränström Öhman, Annelie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    girlsgirlsgirls2010In: Kulturtidskriften Cora, no 21, 4-5 p.Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 34.
    Bränström Öhman, Annelie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    bell hooks and the Sustainability of Style2010In: Nora: Nordic Journal of Women's Studies, ISSN 0803-8740, E-ISSN 1502-394X, Vol. 18, no 4, 284-289 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 35.
    Bränström Öhman, Annelie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Nina Lykke: genusforskning - en guide till feministisk teori, metodologi och skrift2010In: Tidskrift för genusvetenskap, ISSN SSN 1654-5443, no 1-2, 167-169 p.Article, book review (Refereed)
  • 36.
    Bränström Öhman, Annelie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).
    Hillarp2009In: Litteraturens historia i Sverige / [ed] Bernt Olsson, Ingemar Algulin m.fl., Stockholm: Norstedts , 2009, 5, 423-425 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 37.
    Bränström Öhman, Annelie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    En trädgård i fickan, en isyxa i själen eller en räddare i nöden?: om läsandets njutning och äventyr2010In: SAV - Skönlitterärt Arbete i Västerbotten: en metod- och inspirationsskrift från Länsbiblioteket i Västerbotten / [ed] Eva Nordlinder, Umeå: Länsbiblioteket i Västerbotten , 2010, 51-62 p.Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 38.
    Bränström Öhman, Annelie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Modig resa tillbaka till framtiden som var2011In: Västerbottens-Kuriren, ISSN 1104-0246, Vol. 8.3, no 54Article, book review (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 39.
    Bränström Öhman, Annelie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Mormor - eller kampen om tiden2011In: Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift, ISSN 1102-7908, Vol. 20, no 1, 38-46 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 40.
    Bränström Öhman, Annelie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Berättelserna bygger oss2011In: Västerbottens-Kuriren, ISSN 1104-0246, no 94Article, book review (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 41.
    Bränström Öhman, Annelie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    En poet samlar sig2011In: Västerbottens-Kuriren1104-0246, no 29.4, 42-43 p.Article, book review (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 42.
    Bränström Öhman, Annelie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Hör husen och böckerna!2011In: Västerbottens-Kuriren, ISSN 1104-0246, no 28.4, 30- p.Article, book review (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 43.
    Bränström Öhman, Annelie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).
    Ärret i handflatan2008In: Lyrikvännen: tidskrift för poesi, ISSN 0460-0762, Vol. årg 55, no 4Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 44.
    Bränström Öhman, Annelie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).
    Paradigmskiftets primat2008In: Kulturella perspektiv: svensk etnologisk tidskrift, ISSN 1102-7908, Vol. årg 17, no 2Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 45.
    Bränström Öhman, Annelie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    "kärlek! och någonting att skratta åt! dessutom": Sara Lidman och den kärleksfulla blicken2008Book (Other academic)
  • 46.
    Bränström Öhman, Annelie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).
    "Show some emotion!": Om emotionella läckage i akademiska texter och rum2008In: Tidskrift för genusvetenskap, ISSN 1654-5443, no 2Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 47.
    Bränström Öhman, Annelie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).
    Bibeln och Jernbanan: rec. av Lina Sjöberg, Genesis och Jernet. Ett möte mellan Sara Lidmans Jernbaneepos och bibelns berättelser2008In: Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap, ISSN 1104-0556, no 2, 84-86 p.Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 48.
    Bränström Öhman, Annelie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Lillvattnet – Svartvattnet tur och retur: om Sara Lidmans och Kerstin Ekmans platser2006In: Provins, ISSN 0280-9974, no 3Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 49.
    Bränström Öhman, Annelie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    November, åt vilket håll ska vi gå?2011In: Västerbottens-Kuriren, ISSN 1104-0246, no 8 november, 26-26 p.Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 50.
    Bränström Öhman, Annelie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Kultur och konsten att sköta en tillväxtmotor: En lektion i verbal olydnad2014In: Västerbottens-Kuriren, ISSN 1104-0246, no 12.2Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
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