Vägen till Kriser och kransar : parodins grepp och driftens bilder hos Birger Sjöberg

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The study attempts to explain the rapid and significant changes in Birger Sjöbergs oeuvre, from the idyllic Fridas Bok 1922 and Kvartetten som sprängdes 1924 to the pioneering collection of poems Kriser och kransar 1926. Two types of explanation to this development is offered: the lyrical idiom i Kriser och kransar is a development of parodic devices in Fridas Bok. The theory behind this explanation is Tynjanov's theory of parody as the road to a new, modernistic expression.This parodic technique very often produces types of metaphors called domesticating metaphors. The other explanation is Sjöbergs great interest in psychoanalytical theory as it was presented in Poul Bjerres thinking. Bjerre introduced Freud to the swedish public. Bjerres ideas about a life-death cycle in the psyche, about dreams and art as healing factors, about the descent in the unconscious. to the borders of insanity as a prerequisite for an ascent into healthy creative states were expressed in the poems in Kriser och kransar.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Languages and Literature


  • Birger Sjöberg, parody, domesticating metaphors, Poul Bjerre, Kriser och kransar, psychoanalysis
Original languageSwedish
PublisherMakadam förlag
Number of pages427
ISBN (Print)978-91-7061-074-5
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Publication categoryResearch