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Fångenskap och flykt: Om frihetstemat i svensk barndomsskildring, reseskildring och science fiction decennierna kring 1970
Linköping University, Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, Department of Culture Studies – Tema Q. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2016 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Frihet är ett viktigt tema under nittonhundratalet, kanske särskilt decennierna omkring 1970 med allt vad den tiden innehåller av frigörelsekamp, uppror mot gamla traditioner, individualism och kollektivism. Den här avhandlingen spårar det temat genom tre genrer i den svenska litteraturen, från sextiotalet och framåt: den självbiografiska barndomsskildringen, reseskildringen och science fiction-romanen. De olika genrerna erbjuder olika möjligheter för en författare att diskutera och gestalta frihetstemat, explicit och implicit. Skilda narratologiska utgångspunkter skapar skilda förutsättningar. Genomgående frågeställningar är vilka hinder som finns för att friheten ska kunna uppnås, vilka utvägar mot friheten som ändå existerar och vilka innebörder frihetsbegreppet ges. Avslutningsvis diskuteras resultaten i förhållande till de skilda genrevillkoren men även till det som texterna har gemensamt, exempelvis utopiska drag, mötet med det obekanta och främmande, sökandet efter en subjektiv sanning eller 1968-årens tidsanda. På så sätt kan något sägas om den sköna litteraturens särart jämfört med andra slags texter.

Abstract [en]

Freedom is an important theme of the twentieth century, perhaps particularly during the decades around 1970, that time of struggle for liberation, the rebellion against the old ways, of individualism and collectivism. This thesis traces that theme through three genres of Swedish literature, from the sixties onwards: the autobiographical childhood novel, the travelogue and the science fiction novel. The different genres offer different possibilities for an author to discuss and depict the theme of freedom, explicitly and implicitly. Different narratological starting points create different conditions. Some returning issues are which restrictions on, opportunities for and meanings of freedom are visible in the texts. Finally, the results are discussed in relation to the different conventions of genre but also in relation to what the texts have in common, such as features of utopia, the encounter with the unfamiliar and strange, the search for a subjective truth or the zeitgeist of the year 1968. In that way, something can be said about the specific nature of fictive or partly fictive texts compared to other kinds of prose.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2016. , 231 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 699
Keyword [en]
Childhood novels, travelogues, science fiction, futures studies, Lars Gustafsson, Jan Myrdal, Sven Lindqvist
Keyword [sv]
Barndomsskildringar, reseskildringar, science fiction, framtidsstudier, Lars Gustafsson, Jan Myrdal, Sven Lindqvist
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Specific Literatures History of Ideas Philosophy Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-132008DOI: 10.3384/diss.diva-132008ISBN: 9789176856611 (Print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-132008DiVA: diva2:1037159
Public defence
2016-11-21, KEY1, Hus Key, Campus Norrköping, Norrköping, 10:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2016-10-14 Created: 2016-10-14 Last updated: 2016-10-29Bibliographically approved

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