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Guld, silver och järn: Myt och metafor i Clas Livijns Spader Dame
2002 (Swedish)In: Samlaren: tidskrift för svensk litteraturvetenskaplig forskning, ISSN 0348-6133, Vol. 123, 50-77 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Ola Wiman. Gold, Silver and Iron – Myth and Metaphor in Clas Livijns Novel Spader Dame [Oueen of Spades].

Clas Livijns novel Spader Dame. En berättelse i Brev, funne på Danviken (1824), is one of few novels from Sweden's romantic era that have survived (although in undercurrents) as an inspiration to authors in the modern and postmodern ages. The first person narrator is a student who ends up in a lunatic asylum where he finally dies, leaving a pack of letters behind. These letters make up the novel in which we can follow the student's desperate way, from his subjective perspective. The voice of the mad student expresses itself through a heavy use of bold metaphors which, at least on the surface, indicates that he really is insane. This essay is an attempt to point out a metaphoric pattern which goes back to Hesiodos' Work and Days and Ovidius' Methamorphosis, and which is vital for an understanding of the novel. With the mimesis/semiosis-distinction and some other concepts taken from Michael Riffaterre's semiotic theory I try to show that the nonsense which might seem like madness on the mimetic level, turns out to open up an alternative kind of rationality on the semiotic level by means of intertextuality. Livijn's metaphoric play with intertexts is in some respects similar to the mythic method of James Joyce and T. S. Eliot, and a discussion of such similarities (and differences) is closing this essay.

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Uppsala: Svenska Litteratursällskapet , 2002. Vol. 123, 50-77 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-181027OAI: diva2:552713
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