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Anrop och ansvar. Berättarkonst och etik hos Lars Ahlin, Göran Tunström, Birgitta Trotzig och Torgny Lindgren
2002 (Swedish)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [sv]

Etymologically, the concept of communication is related to "munus" with the double meaning of gift and obligation. In the introductory chapter it is shown how all communicative acts, literary as well as non-literary, have ethical dimensions. If any practical urgency is to be attributed to literary communication, the reader has to relate to the authorÕs ÕcallÕ with attentive responsibility, not only with responsive attention. Theological and philosophical analyses of the relational human subject correspond with the thesis that literary communication should be regarded as an ethically binding contract and that the literary text is a communal ground created by the author as well as the reader.



In all communication there is an inevitable tension between the re-use of conventional genres and the authorial aim at unique address. A corresponding tension can be found in LutherÕs and KierkegaardÕs theologies, where the averted and secluded self in the imitatio Christi is opposed to the attentive body exposed to vocatio, i.e. the unique call of the neighbour, here and now. On this point, where universal applicability intersects with unique address, imitatio with vocatio, a narrative ethics, i.e. an ethics of the authoring, narrating and reading of a text, can be discerned.



The writings of Lars Ahlin, Göran Tunström, Birgitta Trotzig och Torgny Lind-gren are read in the context of the biblical stories of the summoned self. The biblical exchange of the words, Where are you?Ñ Here I am!, is not only a key phrase in the novels but also calls attention to the interdependence of the fictional characters and mirrors the re-lationship of call and responsiblity bet-ween the authorial voice and the reader.



In all the novels dealt with in the study, the communication between the author and the reader is facilitated by well-known biblical intertexts that function as mirrors of both the thematic structure of the novel and its rhetoric. AhlinÕs mirroring text is the parable of the sower in Mark 4, TunströmÕs is the story of death and re-birth in Ezekiel 37, whereas the exorcism of the demons in Mark 5 permeates the imagery and rhetoric of TrotzigÕs language. Lindgren, finally, thematises the tension between imitatio och vocatio by transforming the legend of St. Christopher

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Stockholm: Carlssons , 2002.
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General Literature Studies
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Comparative Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-16946OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-16946DiVA, id: diva2:590547
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