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"Låt oss vandra i det landskap vi har": Förlust, hopp och platsbundenhet i Kerstin Ekmans och Terry Tempest Williams naturessäer
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Literature.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to study how the themes of loss, hope and place attachment is presented in relation to the concept of ecoglobalist affects in the contemporary nature writing of Swedish author Kerstin Ekman and American author Terry Tempest Williams. I have performed a comparative close reading of three works per author and discussed them in relation to the definitions of nature writing and ecoglobalist affects by Lawrence Buell and the definition of place attachment as a psychological process by Leila Scannell and Robert Gifford. I have found that all of the texts are clear cases of environmentally oriented literature, that the depictions of loss, hope and place attachment are very similar and that while Ekman focuses on the lack of general public knowledge and mostly refrains from dissolving boundaries between the self and the environment, Williams focuses more on the latter. I also found that while examples of ecoglobalist affects could be read in works by both authors in different ways, they were not present in all of the texts.

Abstract [sv]

Syftet med denna studie är att studera hur förlust, hopp och platsbundenhet presenteras som teman i relation till begreppet ecoglobalist affects i Kerstin Ekmans och Terry Tempest Williams naturessäer. Jag har genomfört en komparativ närläsning av tre verk per författare och diskuterat dem i relation till Lawrence Buells definition av nature writing och ecoglobalist affects, samt Leila Scannells och Robert Giffords definition av platsbundenhet som psykologisk process. Studien fann att samtliga av texterna är klara exempel på miljöorienterad litteratur, att skildringarna av förlust, hopp och platsbundenhet har många likheter samt att Ekmans essäer fokuserar på allmän kunskapsbrist och mestadels avstår från att upplösa gränser mellan jaget och den icke-mänskliga naturen, medan Williams fokuserar mer på det sistnämnda. Jag fann även att ecoglobalist affects kunde läsas i verk av båda författarna, men inte i samtliga av de undersökta texterna.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 78 p.
Keyword [en]
Ecocriticism, environmental criticism, environmental literature, nature writing, Kerstin Ekman, Terry Tempest Williams, Lawrence Buell, ecoglobalist affects, ecoglobalism, place attachment, loss, hope
Keyword [sv]
Ekokritik, miljölitteratur, naturessä, naturprosa, Kerstin Ekman, Terry Tempest Williams, Lawrence Buell, ecoglobalist affects, ecoglobalism, platsbundenhet, förlust, hopp
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-295539OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-295539DiVA: diva2:934023
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Literature
Educational program
Master Programme in the Humanities - Literature
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Available from: 2016-06-20 Created: 2016-06-07 Last updated: 2016-06-20Bibliographically approved

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