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Förnimmelser: En fenomenologisk analys av Herman Bangs författarskap
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Literature.
2009 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]


This dissertation is a phenomenological analysis of the works of the nineteenth century Danish author Herman Bang. It begins with a close reading of the short story “Chopin” and is therefore phenomenological at the outset as it embodies the Husserlian motto to go to the things themselves (”Sachen selbst”)—in this case, to the literature itself, before any theory or method is discussed. There is a centrality of perception in “Chopin” which points to the bodily phenomenology of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. As a result, Merleau-Ponty is established as both a starting point and a backdrop to the dissertation. A key assertion is that literature can be categorized as a sixth sense or a perception in itself.

Eight different novels and short stories are examined: Haabløse Slægter (1880), “Fratelli Bedini” (1885), “Les quatres Diables” (1890), “Ved Vejen” (1886), Stuk (1887), Tine (1889),  Ludvigsbakke (1896) and Mikaël (1904). The analyses focus perceptions, ambiguities and vague impressions, but the individual traits of each work is also considered.

A comparative summary of the analyses develops the phenomenological reasoning. The dissertation tries to move beyond the position that reading and analysis is a reciprocal dialogue. With, among others, Gilles Deleuze, the work of Bang is considered to be nothing less (or nothing more) than an event, an effect. The novels and short stories discussed earlier are then evocative forces rather than representations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Ellerströms förlag , 2009. , 301 p.
Keyword [en]
Herman Bang, phenomenolgy, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, perceptions, ambiguity, the body, literary theory
National Category
General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-101066ISBN: 978-91-7247-205-1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-101066DiVA: diva2:211746
Public defence
2009-05-22, Sal IX, Universitetshuset, Uppsala, 13:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2009-04-28 Created: 2009-04-17 Last updated: 2009-04-28Bibliographically approved

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