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Volym 133, 2012


"Par foi, ans mes ne vi tel con". Medieval Sexually Explicit Narrative: the Fabliau
Ulf Malm
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 7–144
Naturens främmande form. Efterbildning och förfrämligande i den unge Goethes estetiska skrifter
Mattias Pirholt
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 145–165


The Alienated Form of Nature: The Critique of Imitation and Aesthetic Knowing in the young Goethe's Aesthetic Writings

This essay examines the transformation of the concept of mimesis (imitation, Nachahmung der Natur) in the theoretical writings of the young Johann Wolfgang Goethe and its implications for the conception of aesthetic knowing. The Sturm und Drang period in general and Goethe, the period's most influential writer, in particular are usually regarded as skeptical about or even hostile to the classicist ideal of imitation. In this essay I argue that Goethe's conception of mimesis is closely related to his idea that nature is not immediately represented in art. Imitation of nature is the result of a process of alienation, which transforms nature into an aesthetic object. It is only in this transformed state, as "inner form" (innere Form), that nature is available to man. Furthermore, this notion of imitation as alienation points to the profound change that epitomizes epistemology in the late eighteenth century, that is, the transition from the classical episteme of representation to the modern, organic episteme.

Bilder från Boo. Karl August Nicander – En Magus i Spådomskonsten
Ljubica Miočević
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 166–222


Ljubica Miočević, Bilder från Boo. Karl August Nicander – En Magus i Spådomskonsten (Images from Boo. Karl August Nicander – A Magus in Soothsaying)

The essay describes a deck of playing cards with a short handwritten inscription by the Swedish poet Karl August Nicander (1799–1839). The deck is dated 1 October 1834 at the Boo estate, where Nicander was staying in the home of his friend Hugo Hamilton. It is dedicated to a female acquaintance, one of Hugo's stepsisters, upon the occasion of her leaving Boo and returning home. Since there are no indications of any particularly warm feelings between Nicander and the woman, the versified deck should be considered as an unusual instance of occasional poetry functioning as a prestigious gift. The poet refers to himself as “A Magus in Soothsaying," and the inscriptions on the cards were meant to be used during fortune-telling games. The tone is playful and light, as the games were more a pastime than serious divination.

Interior scenes of the life at Boo are described, with particular attention given to games, interest in the supernatural (such as divination and ghost stories), and the occasional poetry; the different types of games mentioned include card games, patience, card tricks, and chess. Nicander's position as a destitute poet living in an aristocratic household is touched upon. His letters and almanacs give interesting examples of occasions when he was expected to deliver verse during birthday celebrations for members of the household at Boo. The epithet ‘society poet' that has sometimes been used to describe Nicander's strategies in the literary field is thus actualized.

Thematically, the inscriptions on the cards are discussed against the background of the rich flora of playing instructions and soothsaying games that flooded the Swedish market in the early nineteenth century. The popularity of card motifs in Romantic literature is discussed.

A deck of cards is also a material object in which the pictorial element dominates. The interplay of the text and images on Nicander's deck is analysed; the poet's persistent interest in printing techniques and the materiality of manuscripts are contextualized. A deck of cards with playful, semi-serious occult inscriptions by the hand of a Romantic poet is indeed an unusual object, but at the same time it embodies themes and ideologies typical of its time.

Key words: Karl August Nicander, playing cards, pastime, soothsaying, occasional poetry, Romanticism.

"Se kvinnorna". Marika Stiernstedt, Hjalmar Söderberg och den genuspolitiska kontexten i början av 1900­-talet
Catrine Brödje
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 223–241


"'Se kvinnorna'. Marika Stiernstedt, Hjalmar Söderberg and the gender-political context at the beginning of the 20th century"

This study discusses the concept of intertextuality by examining Martin Bircks ungdom (1901) and Doktor Glas (1906) by Hjalmar Söderberg and Lilas äktenskap (1910) by Marika Stiernstedt in the context of early 20th century gender-political discussion. Stiernstedt and Söderberg raise questions about sex, gender, love, sexuality and morality against a backdrop of works such as Lifslinjer I (1903) by Ellen Key, Ny kärlek. En bok för mogna andar (1902) by Elisabeth Dauthenday (1902) and to some extent Fyra böcker om Kristi efterföljelse (1894) by Thomas a Kempis. Stiernstedt and Söderberg show in their literary work that the contemporary gender-political discussion was characterized by security and perplexity. The female protagonists in their novels seem to be trapped in what Birgitta Holm calls “the no man's land of feminine desire", that is, in a borderland between an increasingly loosened Victorian ideal woman and an even more vague idea of the New Woman. However, although these three women live under entirely different conditions, they can still be regarded as forerunners to the New Woman.

Rytm och betydelse. En analys av Ingemar Gustafsons diktsvit "Förföljd av Mitten"
Eva Lilja
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 242–264


Rhythm and Meaning. An Analysis of Ingemar Gustafssons Poem "Förföljd av mitten" ("Persecuted by the Centre") (Rytm och betydelse. En analys av Ingemar Gustafsons diktsvit "Förföljd av Mitten")

This article is part of a larger project aiming at a theory and a method for understanding aesthetic rhythm. Rhythm supplies meaning, but it might be difficult to decide exactly what meaning and how the integration of form and meaning takes place. In this article, I demonstrate a method for investigating rhythm with the help of a poem by Ingemar Gustafson, "Förföljd av mitten" ["Persecuted by the Centre"] (1956).

A poem might be understood as a row of patterns or gestalts, like phrase patterns and lines. These patterns are, I would suggest, signified by balance and direction. Rhythm in poetry could be described as a dialectic process of perceived direction and perceived balance, or in other words, as a cooperation between movement and rest.

A definition like this has its theoretical base in cognitive poetics and the recent development of cognitive metrics.

Willy Kyrklunds Till Tabbas
Niclas Hållén
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 265–286


Till Tabbas (To Tabas, 1959) is Finnish-Swedish author Willy Kyrklund's (1921-2009) account of a journey through Iran in the 1950s. While ostensibly the object of Kyrklund's text is modern Iran and early Islamic Persia, on an ideational level To Tabbas explores existential issues that are most readily associated with certain intellectual environments in post-war Europe. In one sense, the Persian "Orient" is to Kyrklund an archive of texts and images, which he uses in a discussion about what he sees as the terms of human existence. Kyrklund discusses the terms of human existence by emphasising the perceived sameness between the modern Western subject and the Persian Muslim and the masters of Sufi poetry. He uses the concept of "man" to refer to the common ground that he imagines exists between them. However, as this essay shows, "man" as an abstract category functions as a placeholder for the post-war European male intel­lectual, desperate in his longing for a higher purpose, and certain that no such higher purpose exists. This tendency of semantic ambiguity is discussed from a postcolonial perspective in the last section of this article.

L'écriture de l'enfance et l'enfance de l'écriture: Nathalie Sarraute et l'autobiographie
Ann-Sofie Persson
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 287–303


"The Writing of Childhood and the Childhood of Writing: Nathalie Sarraute and Autobiography"

This article deals with the autobiographical childhood narrative Enfance (1983) written by Nathalie Sarraute (1900–1999). More specifically, it attempts to analyze the two directions Sarraute criticism took when assessing this particular work in relation to the reading of it as the story of becoming a writer. On the one hand, the narrative was seen as the beginning of something new in Sarraute's writing, on the other as a sophisticated continuation of her exploration of tropisms. Some critics contend that the writing performed by the childhood "I" of the narrative should be seen as the first steps towards becoming a writer, while others aim to show how the child's experiences of writing function as counter examples of how to write according to Sarraute, and thus could not be seen as representing a vocational story. The aim of this article is to show that Sarraute's childhood narrative is the story of un-learning how to write traditionally and an intricate reflection on the function and conception of autobiographical writing.


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Anna Nordenstam
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 304–312
Jennie Nell, Vivat vår monark! Carl Michael Bellmans panegyrik över Gustaf III 1771–1792. ellerströms. Lund 2011
James Massengale
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 312–314
Gunnel Testad, "Solidariteten, det vackra i denna strid…" Spelet om Norbergsstrejken 1891–92. En studie i arbetarkultur (Stockholm Studies in History of Literature, 55). Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis. Stockholm 2012
Ola Holmgren
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 315–320
Andreas Hedberg, En strid för det som borde vara. Viktor Rydberg som moderniseringskritiker 1891–1895 (Skrifter utgivna av Avdelningen för litteratursociologi vid Litteraturvetenskapliga institutionen i Uppsala, 62). Gidlunds förlag. Hedemora 2012
Andreas Nyblom
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 320–329
Astrid Regnell, Att se stjärnor på ljusa dagen. Förvandling och försoning i August Strindbergs En blå bok. ellerströms. Lund 2009
Jan Balbierz
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 329–333
Ann-Sofi Ljung Svensson, Jordens dotter. Selma Lagerlöf och den tyska hembygdslitteraturen. Makadam. Göteborg/Stockholm, 2011
Björn Sundberg
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 333–338
Gunnar Hauk Gjengset, Matti Aikio – verk og virke (Nordliga studier, 2). Institutionen för kultur- och medievetenskaper, Umeå universitet & Kungl. Skytteanska Samfundet. Umeå 2011
Anne Heith
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 338–344
Judith Meurer-Bongardt, Wo Atlantis am Horizont leuchtet oder eine Reise zum Mittelpunkt des Menschen. Utopisches Denken in den Schriften Hagar Olssons. Åbo Akademis förlag. Åbo 2011
Helena Forsås-Scott
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 344–347
Liv Saga Bergdahl, Kärleken utan namn. Identitet och (o)synlighet i svenska lesbiska romaner. Institutionen för kultur- och medievetenskaper, Umeå universitet. Umeå 2010
Rita Paqvalén
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 347–350
Eva Wahlström, Fria flickor före Pippi. Ester Blenda Nordström och Karin Michaëlis: Astrid Lindgrens föregångare (Skrifter utgivna av Svenska barnboksinstitutet, 114). Makadam. Göteborg/Stockholm 2011
Boel Westin
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 350–356
Anna Victoria Hallberg, Novel Writing and Moral Philosophy as Aspects of a Single Struggle. Iris Murdoch’s Hybrid Novels (Örebro Studies in Literary History and Criticism, 11). Akademin för humaniora, utbildning och samhällsvetenskap, Örebro universitet. Örebro 2011
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Vol. 133, 2012, s. 356–361
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Kristina Fjelkestam
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 361–366
Anette Almgren White, Intermedial narration i den fotolyriska bilderboken. Jean Claude Arnault, Katarina Frostenson och Rut Hillarp (Linnaeus University Dissertations, 72). Linnaeus University Press. Växjö 2011
Christina Ljungberg
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 366–369
Maria Wahlström, Jag är icke heller en. Den svenska dagboksromanen. ellerströms. Lund 2012
Kristina Fjelkestam
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 369–374
Martin Hellström, Förpackningens förvandlingar. Konsumtion och karneval i barnboken (Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, 523; Studies in Language and Culture, 16; Skrifter utgivna av Svenska barnboksinstitutet, 112). Carlssons. Stockholm 2011
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Vol. 133, 2012, s. 374–382
Lars Lönnroth, The Academy of Odin. Selected Papers on Old Norse Literature (The Viking Collection, 19). University Press of Southern Denmark. Odense 2011
Daniel Sävborg
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 383–388
Gunilla Byrman & Tommy Olofsson, Om kvinnligt och manligt och annat konstigt i medeltida skämtballader. Atlantis. Stockholm 2011
Ulf Malm
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 389–391
Stina Hansson, Svensk bröllopsdiktning under 1600- och 1700-talen. Renässansrepertoarens framväxt, blomstring och tillbakagång (LIR skrifter, 1). Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion, Göteborgs universitet. Göteborg 2012
Janne Lindqvist Grinde
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 391–394
Anna Nilsson, Lyckans betydelse. Sekularisering, sensibilisering och individualisering i svenska skillingtryck 1750–1850. Agerings bokförlag. Höör 2012
Håkan Möller
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 394–397
Dramatikern Almqvist. Red. Anders Burman, Roland Lysell & Jon Viklund. Gidlunds förlag. Hedemora 2010
Johan Stenström
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 397–401
Kristina Fjelkestam, Ta tanke. Feminism, materialism och historiseringens praktik. Sekel Bokförlag. Lund 2012
Katarina Bernhardsson
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 401–403
Claire Tomalin, Charles Dickens. A Life. Viking Penguin Books. London 2011. Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Becoming Dickens. The Invention of a Novelist. The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts & London 2011
Conny Svensson
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 403–406
Simon R. Frost, The Business of the Novel. Economics, Aesthetics and the Case of Middlemarch (Literary Texts and the Popular Marketplace, 1). Pickering & Chatto. London & Brookefield 2012
Ann Steiner
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 406–409
Anne Lundqvist, I begjærets tjeneste. Strindberg og Lacan på scenen. Institutionen för musik- och teatervetenskap, Stockholms universitet & Stiftelsen för utgivning av teatervetenskapliga studier (STUTS). Stockholm 2010
Ann-Sofie Lönngren
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 409–412
Spår och speglingar. Red. Maria Karlsson & Louise Vinge (Lagerlöfstudier, 2011). Gidlunds förlag. Möklinta 2011
Torbjörn Forslid
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 412–414
Bengt Landgren, Mannen från Prag. Rainer Maria Rilke, hans liv och hans diktning. Gidlunds förlag. Möklinta 2011
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Vol. 133, 2012, s. 414–420
Grethe F. Rostbøll, Karen Blixen og Sverige. Museum Tusculanums Forlag. København 2011
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Vol. 133, 2012, s. 420–426
Lena Kåreland, Ett sällsamt dubbelliv. Gurli Linders memoarer om åren med S.A. Andrée. Carlssons. Stockholm 2011
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Vol. 133, 2012, s. 426–428
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Vol. 133, 2012, s. 428
Lennart Karlström, Hjalmar Gullberg. En bibliografi (Hjalmar Gullberg-sällskapets skrifter, 7). Carlsson bokförlag. Stockholm 2010
Helena Bodin
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 429–430
Svante Lovén, Also Make the Heavens. Virtual Realities in Science Fiction (Skrifter utgivna av Avdelningen för litteratursociologi vid Litteraturvetenskapliga institutionen i Uppsala, 60). Avdelningen för litteratursociologi vid Litteraturvetenskapliga institutionen i Uppsala. Uppsala 2010
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Vol. 133, 2012, s. 431–433
Annika Gunnarsson, Synligt/osynligt. Receptionen av det visuella i bilderböckerna om Alfons Åberg (Skrifter utgivna av Svenska barnboksinstitutet, 115). Makadam. Göteborg 2012
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Vol. 133, 2012, s. 433–434
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Vol. 133, 2012, s. 434–435
Sven Delblanc och 1700-talet. Ett seminarium på Confidencen den 17 oktober 2009. Red. Hans-Göran Ekman. Gidlunds förlag. Möklinta 2011
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Vol. 133, 2012, s. 436–437
Stefan Ekman, Writing Worlds, Reading Landscapes. An Exploration of Settings in Fantasy. Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University. Lund 2010
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Vol. 133, 2012, s. 437–442
Ingrid Elam, Jag. En fiktion. Albert Bonniers förlag. Stockholm 2012
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Vol. 133, 2012, s. 442–443
Law and the Stranger. Red. Austin Sarat, Lawrence Douglas & Martha Merrill Umphrey (The Amherst Series in Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought). Stanford University Press. Stanford 2010
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Vol. 133, 2012, s. 444–446
Björn Hammarfelt, Following the Footnotes. A Bibliometric Analysis of Citation Patterns in Literary Studies (Skrifter utgivna av Institutionen för ABM vid Uppsala universitet, 5). Institutionen för ABM vid Uppsala universitet. Uppsala 2012
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Vol. 133, 2012, s. 446–450
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Twilight. Studies in Fiction, Media, and a Contemporary Cultural Experience. Red. Mariah Larsson & Ann Steiner. Nordic Academic Press. Lund 2011
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Vol. 133, 2012, s. 450–453
Johnny Kondrup, Editionsfilologi. Museum Tusculanum. København 2011
Mats Dahlström
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 453–456
Litteraturens nätverk. Berättande på Internet. Red. Christian Lenemark. Studentlitteratur. Lund 2012
Petra Söderlund
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 456–460
Posthumanistiska nyckeltexter. Red. Cecilia Åsberg, Martin Hultman & Francis Lee. Studentlitteratur. Lund 2012
Jonas Ingvarsson
Vol. 133, 2012, s. 460–465