The article argues that literary history and historiography ought to be revitalized as central concerns for literary studies. A critical discussion of the arguments raised against literary historiography in the early 1980s serves as the article’s point of departure, while the main section analyzes the concept of Romanticism as it has been used in various historical classifications of Norwegian literature. The link between Romanticism and Realism is seen as a possible clue to a creative renewal of the entire historiographical tradition.
In 2016 the author Kjartan Fløgstad criticized the Norwegian reception to the novel The End of Eddy by the French author Édouard Louis, sparking a debate that would culminate in a stand-off between Louis and Fløgstad in the weekly newspaper Morgenbladet. The debate brought both esthetical and political questions pertaining to the depiction of the working class to the surface. In this article, we argue that the politically charged question of choosing either class solidarity or identity politics over the other lay at the core of the debate, and we show that Fløgstad’s criticism in many regards coincided with critical viewpoints raised by French journalists and academics two years earlier. By comparing the critical French voices with Fløgstad’s criticism, and by examining not only the rhetorical and political conflict between the two debaters but also their meeting points, we cast a new light on both the French pendant to the Norwegian debate, and on the political dimensions and larger context of the debate.
In this article four literary works that thematise cancer are analysed in light of two recent trends in society: (1) the emergence of the bodily turn and the writing of one’s cancer experience through illness narratives, and (2) the increasing tendency towards an autobiographically influenced literature. The literary works comprise the novel Ei vinterreise (A Winter’s Journey) by Ragnar Hovland (2001), the novel La meg sove til dette bare er en drøm (Let Me Sleep Until This is Just a Dream) by Ellisiv Stifoss-Hanssen (2014), and two poetry collections, Den tredje porten (The Third Gate) by Åse-Marie Nesse (2000) and Muntre dødsdikt og andre dikt (Cheerful Death Poems and Other Poems) by Jan Jakob Tønseth (2015). All four authors have or had cancer at the time of writing, and the four works open up for a reading where the cancer is closely related to the life of the author. The article examines what the different books achieve by writing about cancer experiences in literary genres. A close reading of the books reveals that a literary representation opens up a more nuanced investigation of cancer experiences than what is found in more traditional illness narratives.
Norsk Litteraturvitenskapelig tidsskrift
2–2018, årgang 21
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Britt Andersen, NTNU (hovedredaktør)
Marit Grøtta, Universitetet i Oslo
Anders Kristian Strand, Universitetet i Bergen
Kjersti Bale, Universitetet i Oslo
Rolf Gaasland, Universitetet i Tromsø
Anna Forssberg Malm, Göteborgs Universitet
Toril Moi, Duke University
Ingrid Nielsen, Universitetet i Bergen
Frederik Tygstrup, Københavns Universitet
Hans H. Hauge, Aarhus Universitet
Dag Heede, Syddansk Universitet
Sats: Laboremus Sandefjord AS
ISSN Online: 1504-288X
Utgitt med støtte fra Nasjonalt tidsskriftkonsortium for humaniora og samfunnsvitenskap.
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