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Miljökritiken i Anderz Harnings kåserier i DN 1982-1992
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Humanities.
2015 (Swedish)In: / [ed] Eva Ekstrand, 2015Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Environmental Criticism in Anderz Harning's causeries in Dagens Nyheter (The Daily News) from 1982 to 1992

A causerie is a short entertaining text published in a newspaper or magazine. The texts are often humorous and ironic and treat actual and everyday events from the perspective of the authors’ personal experiences.

This paper examines environmental criticism from a collection of causeries by Anderz Harning which were published in the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter between 1982 and 1992. Harning was a controversial writer whose work clearly highlights environmental problems nationally and internationally. He brought attention to the effects of the Chernobyl catastrophe and the general environmental situation in Sweden during the 1980’s and 90’s.

The aim of this paper is to investigate how the criticism of the environment is portrayed and which stylistic tools the author used. The material that is the basis for this investigation consists of the collection of causeries from Harnings bästa droppar (1993), and scientific handbooks and dissertations in ideological criticism, style and rhetoric. In this work I have conducted a critical ideological analysis together with aspects of argumentation analysis. I have also closely studied the causeries to enable thematic categorisation.

The results of my investigation show how causeries allow and emphasise environmental criticism by the use of irony and sarcasm. It also shows that Harning uses the classical rhetorical tools logos, ethos and pathos to influence the reader's intellect and emotions, and to present him as credible, honest and wise.

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Kåseri, miljö, samhällskritik, ironi
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-21355OAI: diva2:915070
Consuming the Environment, 26-27 November 2015, University of Gävle, Sweden


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