Med Medusa som musa: medusoid tematik i Inger Edelfeldts textlandskap
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Medusa as muse : the medusoid thematic of Inger Edelfeldt’s textual landscape (English)
This master’s thesis in comparative literature analyzes the medusoid thematic of Inger Edelfeldt’s textual corpus, focusing mainly on the novels Konsten att dö (2014), Kamalas bok (1986) and Juliane och jag (1982), also including the short stories ”Bollo Sé” (1984), ”Gravitation” (1994) and ”Skönheten och odjuret” (1995), and the poem ”ormprinsessans sång 1” (2004), among others. Using a methodology inspirerad by the thematic criticism of Jean-Pierre Richard (1977), with additional analytical tools from intertexual and biographical traditions, I posit that Edelfeldt’s œuvre is centred around a medusoid thematic – i.e. that which explicitly or implicitly is connected to the Perseus myth, in particular Medusa herself – and analyze motifs such as looks, voices, masks, statues, mirrors and mothers, as well as the theme of alienation. The theoretical approach is dominated by Tobin Sieber’s anthropologial and literary study on the superstition of the evil eye, The Mirror of Medusa (2000). Additional theoretical perspectives are derived from a variety of sources, such as Laura Mulvey (1975, 2004), Mary Ayers (2014) and Roland Barthes (1982), with discussions on the male gaze, the shaming (evil) eye of the Medusa-like mother, and the fascinating power of photographs. The study shows, among other things, that whereas medusoid fragments can be located in several texts, Konsten att dö contains a particularly dynamic medusoid intertextuality, which includes a revision of the classical Perseus myth where Medusa is no longer the unwarranted victim of Athena’s wrath, as the goddess realizes her own part in the desecration of her temple. The novel also includes the motif of the eye-as-camera, which is one of the most significant expressions of the medusoid gaze in the textual landscape of Inger Edelfeldt.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 122 p.
Inger Edelfeldt, Medusa, evil eye, male gaze, envy, shame, Perseus, Athena, mythology, camera
Inger Edelfeldt, Medusa, onda ögat, manlig blick, avund, skam, Perseus, Athena, mytologi, kamera
General Literature Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-254226OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-254226DiVA: diva2:817620