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Organet lever!: Kropp, ting och performativitet i Erik Beckmans roman Inlandsbanan (1967)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The liver is alive! : Body, thing and performativity in the novel Inlandsbanan (1967) by Erik Beckman (English)
Abstract [en]

The works of Erik Beckman (1935-1995) are quite unique within the Swedish literary scene. His texts convert the experimental language of the concretists of the sixties into a new form of fabulation that undermines our understanding of what literature can be, ranging from novels and poetry to theatre pieces and radio theatre. His literary style has been discussed by critics, but the depths of it are yet to be fully explored. There is a lot to gain from combining contemporary theories of materiality and corporeality with his self-proclaimed materialistic poetics. The novel Inlandsbanan (1967) is a fragmentary account of an inland train going through Sweden, with characters coming and going in a frustrating tempo. The text is filled with word games, narrative constructs and a language that brings forth the material aspects of communication that push the boundaries of literary interpretation.

This thesis examines Beckman’s novel through the lens of theoretical concepts of thingliness and corporeality developed by the likes of Judith Butler, Karen Barad, and Andrew Pickering in order to elaborate an analysis that goes beyond the surface of its experimental and materialistic use of literary language. Using bodily themes, I analyze specific passages in the novel in order to find a new understanding of its semantic functions. By doing this through the concept of performativity, not only can I identify a thematized corporeality, but beyond that a literary form and a language that problematizes the very notion of the written text as a body and highlights a material agency in literature. This method enables an interpretation of the novel that can illuminates important aspects at play that previously have not been explored.

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2017. , p. 85
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Erik Beckman, Beckman, kropp, kroppslighet, ting, tingslighet, performativitet, språk, judith butler, donna haraway, haraway, butler, bodies that matter, vicki kirby, shoshana felman, inlandsbanan, konkretism, materialism, språkmaterialism, språkmaterialitet, språklig materialitet, deleuze, guattari, derrida, kristeva, roman, experimentell, barad, posthumanism, posthumanistisk, genusteori, material turn, materiella svängningen, pickering, kroppens fenomenologi, merleau-ponty, cyborg, organ, organet lever, decentrerad, romanform, korporealitet, corporealitet, corporeality
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-140700OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-140700DiVA, id: diva2:1081707
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