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Den illustrerade boken? Intermedialitet, struktur och metod i Folke Dahlbergs Den berusade båten
2015 (Swedish)In: Samlaren: tidskrift för svensk litteraturvetenskaplig forskning, ISSN 0348-6133, Vol. 136, 105-139 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Illustrated Book? Intermediality, Structure and Method in Folke Dahlberg’s Den berusade båten [The Drunken Boat] (Den illustrerade boken? Intermedialitet, struktur och metod i Folke Dahlbergs Den berusade båten)

This article focuses Folke Dahlberg’s second book Den berusade båten (1950), the most remark­able in his entire oeuvre in the way and to the extent that it combines different media and literary genres. It contains 38 reproduced drawings by Dahlberg, the title page informing the reader: "With illustrations by the author". Den berusade båten not only includes texts and drawings, the incorporated texts furthermore represent various genres: prose, poetry, prose-poetry, one narrative poem, even a quotation from a medical handbook. In fact, the book begins by quoting in French Rimbaud’s poem "Le Bateau ivre" in its entirety. Den berusade båten thus challenges and transgresses boundaries of several kinds. In my article I problematize the concept of ‘illustration’, arguing for its relevance only in connection with the three draw­ings related to Dante’s Divine Comedy. I also discuss the structure and form of the book and address the question of intermediality, in particular the consequences it has for the reading of Den berusade båten. Furthermore, I consider allegorization to be its dominant poetic method. In this an influence from Rimbaud’s poem manifests itself. The article also discusses the notion of poetic dreaming as it is combined with the omnipresent water and its symbolic meaning in Den berusade båten. I finally bring in the concepts ‘melancholy’ and ‘primitivism’ in order to lay bare thematic features expressed both in Dahlberg’s texts and in his pictures.

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Uppsala: Svenska litteratursällskapet , 2015. Vol. 136, 105-139 p.
Keyword [en]
intermediality, illustration, allegorization, melancholy, primitivism
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-280421OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-280421DiVA: diva2:910725
Available from: 2016-03-10 Created: 2016-03-10

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