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Intervju
(side 91-100)
av Ragnhild E. Reinton
Vitenskapelig publikasjon
(side 101-113)
av Eirik Vassenden
Engelsk sammendrag

A Conflagration in a Bookshop. Modernism and vitalism in Hamsun’s Hunger and in the reception of Hunger

Knut Hamsun’s breakthrough novel Hunger (1890) is often read, and from the 1980s on unequivocally canonized, as a protomodernist text. The starting point of this article is a discussion of how the category «modernism» has been used, and what purposes it has served, in the post-War reception of Hamsun and Hunger. Secondly, the article focuses on the novel’s pre-War reception, pointing out how most earlier studies of Hunger considered it a positive story of survival, and of the protagonist’s victory over hunger, barren city-life and individuation. Finally, the article argues that there may indeed be something to learn from these vitalist perspectives on Hunger, suggesting a more literal approach – focussing less on hunger’s existential effects on the protagonist and more on its physiological ones.

Vitenskapelig publikasjon
(side 116-133)
av Gisle Selnes
Engelsk sammendrag

Shipwreck as Symptom in J. M. Coetzee’s Foe

This article reads Coetzee’s Foe (1986) as a reflection on the novel’s generic debt to shipwreck narratives and thus to a certain mythology of Empire. It argues that Coetzee challenges these ideological affinities through a radical shift in narrative poetics leading to the breakdown of novelistic discourse in the last section of the book. Drawing on Slavoj Žižek’s association of the wreck and the «sublime symptom», these final scenarios are seen as the impossible irruption of the subaltern Friday’s speechless voice into the novel’s symbolic totality, in a way which echoes Coetzee’s reflections on the unspeakable truth of apartheid.

Bokessay
(side 137-144)
av Jon Haarberg
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