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Kusligt och abjekt: Magiskt tänkande hos Rydberg och Lagerlöf
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013). (Kulturvetenskapliga forskargruppen)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9395-8570
2015 (Swedish)In: Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap, ISSN 1104-0556, no 1, 17-26 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Uncanny and Abject: Magical Thinking in the Works of Selma Lagerlöf and Carina Rydberg

This article utilises Freud's notion of "the uncanny" and Kristevas concepts of "abject" and "abjection" in their original meanings as tools in the analysis of certain aspects of Carina Rydberg's The Devils's formula (2000) and Selma Lagerlöf's Charlotte Löwensköld (1925) and Anna Svärd (1928). There are a number of surprising connections between these narratives in a broader intertextual sense. For instance, The Sundler, one of the protagonists in Lagerlöf's work, is at the outset of the novel scary because she seeems so manipulative, but her character escalates from this uncanniness into evoking stronger fears of abjection at the end of the narrative, while the narrator-protagonist Carina in Rydberg's work is in the outset of the novel marked by abjection, later undergoes a change in terms of subjectivation, but ends in scaring the reader through uncertainities typical of the uncanny.

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Uppsala, 2015. no 1, 17-26 p.
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The uncanny, abjection, magical thinking, Carina Rydberg, Selma Lagerlöf.
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Comparative Literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-37791OAI: diva2:849474
Gothic and Uncanny
Available from: 2015-08-28 Created: 2015-08-28 Last updated: 2015-10-05Bibliographically approved

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