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Schulman och Glöm mig - mellan fiktion och autenticitet: En litteraturvetenskaplig läsning av alkoholismens roll i Glöm mig med fokus på självframställning, tematik och samband mellan fiktion och verklighet
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies (from 2013).
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Schulman and Glöm mig - between fiction and authenticity : A literature scientific comparison reading of alcoholism in Glöm mig with focus on the self description and the relation between fiction and reality (English)
Abstract [en]

This essay has a focus on self description and alcoholism as a literary function in Alex Schulman’s Glöm mig. Similarities between the book Alcoholics Anonymous (Stora Boken) and the twelve step programme (Tolvstegsprogrammet) is based on how the narrative could be characterized by the authenticity of the disease portrayal.

The connection between the narrative and Alcoholics Anonymous is compared with how the main characters are portrayed and how alcoholism functions in the book. The study reveals that the story could most likely be percieved as an accurate portrayal of alcoholism as a disease, due to certain cirumstances. The connection between the testimonies of alcoholism as a disease in Alcoholics Anonymous and the narrative is an important parallel as it can strengthen the story’s credibility. It’s possible to interpret the story as a testimony from someone in close relationship to an alcoholic. An authentic story like this occurs frequently in Swedish contemporary literature and could be one of the reasons behind the novel’s commercial breakthrough. The privileged position of the author should be considered as a contributing factor leading to the positive public reactions when the novel was published. It should also be considered as having an impact on the reader’s perception of the autobiographic novel’s credibility. It’s probable that, due to these circumstances, the line between a true story and a fictional one, could be dissolved for the reader.

In connection with the circumstances with Schulman’s authorship, a number of factors that may impact the reading of the book, have been presented. These are explained in comparison to other authors with similar backgrounds, who have been publishing books about similiar topics.

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2019. , p. 36
Keywords [en]
Self description, Alcoholics Anonymous, Authenticity, Fiction, Co-dependent
Keywords [sv]
Självframställning, Alkoholism, Fiktion, Anonyma Alkoholister, Autenticitet, Medberoende, Sjukdomsskildring
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-72645OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-72645DiVA, id: diva2:1326255
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Comparative Literature
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Secondary Education Programme: Upper-Secondary School: Swedish (330 ECTS credits)
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Available from: 2019-06-24 Created: 2019-06-17 Last updated: 2019-06-24Bibliographically approved

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