Osannolika händelser och den svenska realistiska romanen: Ett estetiskt och existentiellt bekymmer
Research output: Thesis › Doctoral Thesis (monograph)
idea is that realism is distinguished by dealing with improbable events on the
basis of a double perspective: both as an existential and as an aesthetic problem.
As an existential problem the improbable events of narrative fiction represent
the constantly present possibility of an unexpected and unforeseen event suddenly occurring and changing our lives in the most dramatic manner, and this
without any person being responsible for it. These improbable events concern
key moral and ethical values, such as responsibility, freedom, power, and justice.
When this existential condition is portrayed in realism by means of improbable
events another problem appears, an aesthetic concern. Improbable events risk
(unintentionally) breaking the illusion of reality and giving the impression that
the author has resorted to a makeshift solution in order to lead the story in the
desired direction at the expense of the narrative’s mimetic credibility.
The thesis’ first part presents a theoretical model that distinguishes between
different kinds of improbable events: conventional improbable events, parodic
improbable events, and realistic improbable events. After that follows detailed
analyses of six Swedish novels – of how they, in different ways, struggles with the
problem of improbable events – covering the period 1830–1971.
In the conclusion it is suggested that this double-pronged problem is a historically limited phenomenon that may be said to have played out its role.
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Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY
|Translated title of the contribution||Improbable Events and the Swedish Realistic Novel: An Aestethic and Existential Problem|
|Award date||2016 Nov 19|
|Publication status||Published - 2016 Oct 21|
Kenneth Lindegren (Recipient), 2019 Mar 20
Prizes and Distinctions: Prize (including medals and awards)