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Contested Freedom: Agnes von Krusenstjerna's Novel the Misses von Pahlen and the Film Adaptation Loving Couples
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Literature.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7973-1946
2016 (English)In: Zwischen Kanon und Unterhaltung / Between Canon and Entertainment: Interkulturelle und intermediale Aspekte von hoher und niederer Literatur / Intercultural and Intermedial Aspects of Highbrow and Lowbrow Literature / [ed] Annie Bourguignon, Konrad Harrer, Franz Hintereder-Emde, Berlin: Frank & Timme, 2016, 1, 433-442 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The article deals with the adaptation of Agnes von Krusenstjerna’s seven-volume novel The Misses von Pahlen (1930–1935) as a film, Loving Couples (1964) by Mai Zetterling. Both artists shared the aim of boldly examining female sexuality and agency in a patriarchal society. This chapter argues that the candid exploration of sexual relationships in the novels is subdued in the film due to the consideration of visual codes. The candor of the film appears instead in the close scrutiny of the oppression of women and their limited freedom of action. Instead of faithfully adhering to the original story, the film operates as an intertextual dialogue that presents contemporary social concerns thematically, as well as through modernist visual language and artistic ambition. The blurred and illusive division between highbrow and lowbrow that has persisted in the reception of Krusenstjerna’s work is intriguingly maintained by Zetterling.

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Berlin: Frank & Timme, 2016, 1. 433-442 p.
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adaptation, literature, film, Agnes von Krusenstjerna, Mai Zetterling
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-280608OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-280608DiVA: diva2:911368
Available from: 2016-03-11 Created: 2016-03-11 Last updated: 2016-03-11

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