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Väckelse, opposition, identitet. Omvändelser hos författaren Astrid Forsberg
Department of Humanities, Comparative Literature, Mid Sweden University.
2018 (Swedish)In: Samlaren: tidskrift för svensk litteraturvetenskaplig forskning, ISSN 0348-6133, E-ISSN 2002-3871, Vol. 139, p. 97-127Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Malin Gunnarsson, MA at the Department of Humanities, Comparative Literature, Mid Sweden University

Revival, Opposition, Identity: Conversions in Astrid Forsberg’s Novels (Väckelse, opposition, identitet. Omvändelser hos författaren Astrid Forsberg)

This essay explores the work of the Swedish author Astrid Forsberg. It focuses on the theme of conversion, which recurs in all ten of her novels. The books were written between 1925 and 1965. Forsberg was born in Bergsjö in 1898. She grew up in a Baptist home and later converted to Catholicism. Before her debut as a fiction writer she was a teacher and a journalist. She also wrote drama and poetry. Forsberg died in Stockholm in 1966.

This essay identifies three separate aspects of the conversion theme: Christian, social and individual. The Christian revival conversion functions as a standard model. It is expressed both as a love for Christ and as a life lived in conscientiousness. The social conversion is expressed through opposition, love and Bildung. Finally, the individual conversion is the character’s struggle for a genuine self-image. This essay identifies a shift in Forsberg’s work, from identity creation in a Christian context, to a corresponding identity creation that is secular and individualistic. Subsequently there is a move back, where the characters turn to God again, but from a more individualistic vantage point. These shifts between different ways of identitying creation in Forsberg’s novels have a parallel in the differences between a philosophical and a rhetorical ideal of education, as reflected in the German word Bildung.

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Uppsala: Svenska Litteratursällskapet, 2018. Vol. 139, p. 97-127
Keywords [en]
Astrid Forsberg, revival, conversion, opposition, identity
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-378713OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-378713DiVA, id: diva2:1294768
Available from: 2019-03-08 Created: 2019-03-08 Last updated: 2019-03-13Bibliographically approved

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