The Afterlife of Romanticism in Flauberts Madame Bovary
This article argues that Flauberts proto-modernist novel Madame Bovary (1857) contains romantic themes and modes of writing which escape the novels ironic attack on romantic clichés of the kind that influence Emma. It does this by identifying passages in the novel where the irony seems suspended, and by showing that the romantic inheritance persists in Flauberts writing precisely in such passages. In addition to this, the article suggests that these romantic themes and modes point toward modernist currents beyond realism and naturalism.
Olav Duun – poet of love
This article investigates the topic of love in the work of Olav Duun (1876–1939). The main claim is that love in Duun's world, although transformative, strong and extremely important, is invariably difficult, often destructive and sometimes downright lethal. Earlier research on Duun has avoided the radical consequences of these tendencies, and to the extent that one has put love in focus, this has been done mainly in a psychoanalytic perspective. To articulate these assertions, the work of Georges Bataille (1897–1962) is applied. Bataille's thought is pervaded by a preoccupation with the human being's urge for an impossible transgression, but also a deep longing for shared experiences, communication and identification. All of this connects with Duun. This reading of Duun's work also aspires to create a greater interest in his texts and to convince contemporary readers that the author still has something to tell us.
To open up for another world order: A reading of Geir Gulliksens novel Tjuendedagen
Using a reading of the novel Tjuendedagen by Geir Gulliksen, and some of its critical reviews, I wish to raise two key questions. Firstly, how and where can we articulate experiences concerning intimacy and sexuality that are not part of the dominant discourses or knowledge regimes? Secondly, is this novel an effort to present a different conceptualization of sex and desire – as a generative force interwoven with, but still not equivalent with the lifestyle of neo-liberalism? The concepts third space and heterotopia serve as guidelines for these questions.