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Constructs of Meaning: Red Room, Inferno, Alone
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Literature.
2011 (English)In: Deshima: Revue d'histoire globale des pays du Nord / [ed] Sylvain Briens, Elena Balzamo, Strasbourg, Frankrike: Université de Strasbourg , 2011, 229-240 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The city plays, no doubt, a mayor role in Strindberg’s fiction. He returns to this playground as if it was the scene of a crime, over and over again during his career. In Red Room (Röda rummet)1879, Inferno 1897, Alone (Ensam) 1903 the protagonist’s experiences are reflected and governed by the structure of the city. But the relation between the protagonist and the surroundings changes over time.

In The Red Room, is Arvid Falk trying to conquer the city, but is caught in a web; a horizontal as well as vertical structure of social and economic power by which his movements as well as the narrative are defined.

In Inferno the view of the city has narrowed and the reader experiences it through the eyes of the narrator. The earlier look from the outside has now become a flow of impressions/meaning/filled with messages in need of interpretations. The protagonist, repeatedly emphasizing the truth of the events, bears witness of an outside world saturated with meaning.

Back in Stockholm from Paris, the relation between the protagonist and the city is transformed even further. After a symbolic rejection of his old comrades, the narrator in Alone alienates himself. He creates it an inner urban landscape composed of his own reflections, memories and dreams. He has finally accomplished Arvid Falk’s ambition, and not only subdued the city but engulfed it.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Strasbourg, Frankrike: Université de Strasbourg , 2011. 229-240 p.
, Deshima. Revue d'histoire globale des pays du Nord., Hors série 2
Keyword [en]
Strindberg, Red Room, Inferno, Alone
Keyword [sv]
Strindberg, Röda rummet, Inferno, Ensam
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Languages and Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-166713OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-166713DiVA: diva2:477208
Strindberg et la ville/the cities of Strindberg, Strasbourg, Frankrike
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