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"Förtjänstens" förvandlingar. Carl Gustaf Leopold mellan intim panegyrik och akademisk didaktik
2015 (Swedish)In: Samlaren: tidskrift för svensk litteraturvetenskaplig forskning, ISSN 0348-6133, Vol. 136, 231-259 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Transformations of "True Merit". Carl Gustaf Leopold between intimate Panegyric and aca­demic Didacticism ("Förtjänstens" förvandlingar. Carl Gustaf Leopold mellan intim pan­egyrik och akademisk didaktik)

The article is an investigation of the textual history and the generic transformations of the poem "Förtjensten" ("The True Merit") by Carl Gustaf Leopold. The poem was originally commissioned by his protector Gustaf Adolf Reuterholm, and was never published officially in that version. A second, much simplified, version appeared in the Collected Works of 1801. An attempt is made to treat the two poems, one a "pre-romantic" experiment, the other a more conventional didactic poem, as separate instantiations of one and the same writing practice, that of the lengthy, non-epic poem. By combining textual history, genetic criticism and genre-based reading, the article tries to understand the potential of this way of writing and its flexibil­ity in adapting to different circumstances. In its first version, the poem creates a unique form of "intimate panegyric", part traditional encomium, part sentimental conversation. In the later version all reminiscences of its original addressee have been eliminated, and the poem is trans­formed into a series of "general reflections". The goal is to investigate the changes made but also their poetological underpinning. This could lead us to an understanding of these seemingly opposed tendencies — "classicism" and "preromanticism" — as possibilities contained in the experiments with longer poems.

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Uppsala: Svenska litteratursällskapet , 2015. Vol. 136, 231-259 p.
Keyword [en]
eighteenth-century poetry, textual history, history and theory of genres, the long poem
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-280496OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-280496DiVA: diva2:911010
Available from: 2016-03-10 Created: 2016-03-10

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