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Qvarnström, Sofi
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Qvarnström, S. (2009). Motståndets berättelser: Elin Wägner, Anna Lenah Elgström, Marika Stiernstedt och första världskriget. (Doctoral dissertation). Hedemora/Möklinta: Gidlunds förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Motståndets berättelser: Elin Wägner, Anna Lenah Elgström, Marika Stiernstedt och första världskriget
2009 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Alternative title[en]
Narratives of Resistance : Elin Wägner, Anna Lenah Elgström, Marika Stiernstedt, and The First World War
Abstract [en]

War criticism is not just expressed in journalistic and academic writing or in political speeches, but also in literature, such as in novels and short stories. This dissertation analyzes how war criticism is formulated in Swedish fiction written during the First World War (1914–1918). The study combines perspectives from rhetorical, narrative and sociological theory and focuses on how writers resist war through literature, and what characterize these narratives of resistance, thematically and rhetorically.

After a general discussion of the anti-war prose in Sweden, the discussion is focused on the writings of Elin Wägner, Anna Lenah Elgström and Marika Stiernstedt. In addition to their fiction they criticized the war in newspaper articles, pamphlets, lectures and travel books. These non-fictive genres are also an important part of their war criticism, and the comparison between genres is fundamental to the study.

The narratives of war become part of a broader criticism of the social order which includes questions of ethics, ideology, democracy and emancipation. The Swedish war criticism also reveals a struggle of ideologies and values where the opponents – conservatives against liberals and socialists – are not always as distanced from each other as first believed. If literature, following Kenneth Burke, is regarded as a way of naming and encompassing a situation, three main types of narratives can be distinguished: the narrative as witness, as accusation and as exhortation. Each is characterised by certain motives – representations of pain and suffering, of militarism and of the idea of peace – as well as by a particular rhetoric, such as the narrator’s visibility or strategies of identification.

The fictive works analyzed differ from the non-fictive ones by favouring a more pessimist outlook, but also a more searching and complex representation of war. Thereby, the ambiguities and parallel interpretations of fiction counteract a one-sided and superficial understanding of the war.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hedemora/Möklinta: Gidlunds förlag, 2009. p. 456
Series
Skrifter utgivna av Avdelningen för litteratursociologi vid Litteraturvetenskapliga institutionen i Uppsala, ISSN 0349-1145 ; 58
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-98527 (URN)9789178447664 (ISBN)
Public defence
2009-04-03, Geijersalen, Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3P, Uppsala, 13:15 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2009-03-06 Created: 2009-02-25 Last updated: 2009-03-09Bibliographically approved
Qvarnström, S. (2009). "Motstånd mot kriget". Upsala Nya Tidning (2/8)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"Motstånd mot kriget"
2009 (Swedish)In: Upsala Nya Tidning, ISSN 1104-0173, no 2/8Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Upsala nya tidning, 2009
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-118860 (URN)
Available from: 2010-02-23 Created: 2010-02-23 Last updated: 2010-12-13Bibliographically approved
Qvarnström, S. (2009). Recension av Peter Forsgrens I vansklighetens land. Genus, genre och modernitet i Elin Wägners Smålandsromaner [Review]. Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap (3-4)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Recension av Peter Forsgrens I vansklighetens land. Genus, genre och modernitet i Elin Wägners Smålandsromaner
2009 (Swedish)In: Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap, ISSN 1104-0556, E-ISSN 2001-094X, no 3-4Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-114433 (URN)
Available from: 2010-02-15 Created: 2010-02-15 Last updated: 2017-12-12
Qvarnström, S. (2008). Efterord: Ingår i den svenska översättningen av Emmanuel Boves En vinterdagbok, h:ström, Umeå.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Efterord: Ingår i den svenska översättningen av Emmanuel Boves En vinterdagbok, h:ström, Umeå
2008 (Swedish)Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-114431 (URN)
Available from: 2010-02-15 Created: 2010-02-15
Qvarnström, S. (2008). Marika Stiernstedt och första världskriget: Ett motstånd som överskrider genregränser. In: Clas Zilliacus (Ed.), Gränser i nordisk litteratur / Borders in Nordic literature: IASS XXVI 2006. Paper presented at IASS XXVI 2006 (pp. 402-408). Åbo: Åbo Akademi
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Marika Stiernstedt och första världskriget: Ett motstånd som överskrider genregränser
2008 (Swedish)In: Gränser i nordisk litteratur / Borders in Nordic literature: IASS XXVI 2006 / [ed] Clas Zilliacus, Åbo: Åbo Akademi , 2008, p. 402-408Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Åbo: Åbo Akademi, 2008
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-114432 (URN)978-951-765-418-0 (ISBN)
Conference
IASS XXVI 2006
Available from: 2010-02-15 Created: 2010-02-15 Last updated: 2010-12-13Bibliographically approved
Qvarnström, S. (2006). Efterord: Ingår i den svenska översättningen av Gustave Flauberts roman Den eviga dumheten. Berättelsen om Bouvard och Pécuchet, h:ström, Umeå.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Efterord: Ingår i den svenska översättningen av Gustave Flauberts roman Den eviga dumheten. Berättelsen om Bouvard och Pécuchet, h:ström, Umeå
2006 (Swedish)Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-114429 (URN)
Available from: 2010-02-15 Created: 2010-02-15
Qvarnström, S. (2004). Ett spel mellan inre och yttre språkvärldar: En läsning av några svenska tolkningar av Mallarmé. Aiolos. Tidskrift för litteratur, teori och estetik (22-23), 141-161
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ett spel mellan inre och yttre språkvärldar: En läsning av några svenska tolkningar av Mallarmé
2004 (Swedish)In: Aiolos. Tidskrift för litteratur, teori och estetik, ISSN 1400-7770, no 22-23, p. 141-161Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Aiolos tidskrift & förlag, 2004
Keywords
Mallarmé, översättning, språkspel, Wittgenstein
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-114427 (URN)
Available from: 2010-02-15 Created: 2010-02-15 Last updated: 2010-02-15
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