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Kvinnan bortom allfarsvägen. Sonja Åkessons replik till Ragnar Thoursie
2013 (Swedish)In: Samlaren: tidskrift för svensk litteraturvetenskaplig forskning, ISSN 0348-6133, E-ISSN 2002-3871, Vol. 134, 151-160 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The woman beyond the main road. Sonja Åkessons reply to Ragnar Thoursie

This article examines the intertextual relations between the Swedish author Sonja Åkesson's poem "Kvällspromenad" (Evening Walk), published in 1959, and the Swedish author Ragnar Thoursie's poem "Sundbybergs-prologen" (The Sundbyberg Prologue) (1952). The aim is to demonstrate how "Kvällspromenad" has a deep and polemic relation to "Sundbybergs-prologen". The comparison between the two poems is made by using Manfred Pfister's six criteria for analysing intertextual relations: reference, communication, autoreflexion, structure, selection and dialogue.

The analysis shows that the intertextual relation is deep and strong. Sonja Åkesson gives a completely different view of modern life in post-war Sweden in her poem compared to the intertext. While Ragnar Thoursie describes a male worker walking home from the factory in the middle of the night and through that praises the ongoing building of the Swedish welfare state with its communion for all, Sonja Åkesson, in her poem, lets a lonely and alienated woman walk around in the same modern suburbs, but in a society where she seems homeless. The many intertextual relations between Åkesson's "Kvällspromenad" and its intertext, can be seen on a thematic as well as a metaphorical level.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Svenska Litteratursällskapet , 2013. Vol. 134, 151-160 p.
Keyword [en]
Sonja Åkesson, Ragnar Thoursie, modern Swedish poetry, intertextuality, feminist critique of modernity
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-236919OAI: diva2:765950
Available from: 2014-11-25 Created: 2014-11-25 Last updated: 2017-12-05

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