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Narrativt engagemang och komplex berättarteknik i Gustaf Hellströms krigsreportage
2021 (Swedish)In: Samlaren: Tidskrift för forskning om svensk och annan nordisk litteratur, ISSN 0348-6133, E-ISSN 2002-3871, Vol. 142, p. 5-33Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Cecilia Aare, Department of Social Sciences, Södertörn University

Narrative Commitment and a Complex Narrative Technique in Gustaf Hellström’s War Reportage (Narrativt engagemang och komplex berättarteknik i Gustaf Hellströms krigsreportage)

The 1910s was a dynamic period in Swedish journalism when reporters became professionals and the largest newspapers engaged their own foreign correspondents. A prominent correspondent of the time was Gustaf Hellström, also a famous writer. His reports from France during the First World War, collected in the book 1 1/2 mil härifrån står världens största slag, are known for their dedicated attitude. An assumption in this essay is that such an attitude corresponds to a narrative commitment, which could be divided into narrative empathy and narrative compassion

Using tools from discourse narratology and cognitive narratology, I investigate narrative techniques and strategies at work when a narrative commitment is constructed in the reportages from France. A conclusion is that parallel perspectives and a multitude of voices within the narrative construction connect the individual to the general and convey empathy with all victims of the war, civilians as well as soldiers on both sides. 

In a final section, I place Hellström’s series of reportages from France within a broader context where I highlight similarites with Stig Dagerman’s series of reportages Tysk höst from 1946 and Svetlana Alexievich’s documentary books from the 1980s and onwards.

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Uppsala: Svenska Litteratursällskapet, 2021. Vol. 142, p. 5-33
Keywords [en]
Gustaf Hellström, reportage, narratology, narrative commitment
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-469526OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-469526DiVA, id: diva2:1643764
Available from: 2022-03-10 Created: 2022-03-10 Last updated: 2022-09-15Bibliographically approved

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