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Drawing Up the Account: Administrative Discourse in Strindberg's Works
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0298-4587
2020 (English)In: August Strindberg und die Aufklärung: August Strindberg och upplysningen: August Strindberg and Enlightment / [ed] Karin Hoff, David Gedin, Würzburg: Verlag Königshausen & Neumann, 2020, p. 139-153Chapter in book (Other academic)
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Does August Strindberg ever reach that pinnacle of Enlightenment called ”Mündigkeit”? It is of course Immanuel Kant, who states that “Mündigkeit” is the ultimate goal of the liberal individual, who thereby constitutes himself as a subject. But it is a strange word, this “Mündigkeit”: translated into Swedish, it means both the kind of individual, mature responsibility that Kant hinted at, as well as an institutional authority, even a government. Strindberg himself said that he “never wrote governmental poetry nor ministerial literature” (”Jag har aldrig skrivit regeringspoesi eller ministerlitteratur”). Still, Strindberg was always very interested in questions of government, how to govern both a state and oneself. My paper relates Strindberg’s late works to questions of governmentality, focusing on the presence and function of administrative discourses and practices in his works. My suggestion is that Strindberg verifies Michel Foucault’s hypotheses in The Birth of Biopolitics: ”And finally, the individual’s life itself— with his relationships to his private property, for example, with his family, household, insurance, and retirement— must make him into a sort of permanent and multiple enterprise.”

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Würzburg: Verlag Königshausen & Neumann, 2020. p. 139-153
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-185629ISBN: 978-3-8260-6907-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-185629DiVA, id: diva2:1472299
Available from: 2020-10-01 Created: 2020-10-01 Last updated: 2022-02-25Bibliographically approved

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