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Andersson, G., Klingberg, P. & Sandberg, T. (2019). Introducion: Sameness and Difference in Narratology. Froniters of Narrative Studies, 5(1), 11-16
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introducion: Sameness and Difference in Narratology
2019 (English)In: Froniters of Narrative Studies, E-ISSN 2509-4890, Vol. 5, no 1, p. 11-16Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2019
Keywords
Narratology, Sameness, Difference
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-76021 (URN)10.1515/fns-2019-0002 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-09-03 Created: 2019-09-03 Last updated: 2019-09-05Bibliographically approved
Andersson, G., Klingberg, P. & Sandberg, T. (Eds.). (2019). Sameness and Difference in Narratology. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sameness and Difference in Narratology
2019 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2019
Series
Frontier of Narrative Studies, ISSN 2509-4882, E-ISSN 2509-4890 ; 5:1
Keywords
narratology, sameness, difference
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-76020 (URN)
Available from: 2019-09-03 Created: 2019-09-03 Last updated: 2019-09-05Bibliographically approved
Klingberg, P. (2018). Disenchantment in Fairy Land?: A discussion of George MacDonald's Phantastes (1858). In: : . Paper presented at "Det moderna som parentes: Litteraturvetenskapens nya utmaningar", Linköpings universitet, Linköping, Sweden, April 11-13, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Disenchantment in Fairy Land?: A discussion of George MacDonald's Phantastes (1858)
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Phantastes (1858), the first major prose work of George MacDonald (1824-1905), was initially greeted with little appreciation and far less understanding by puzzled Victorian critics, who described it as “a wilderness of wilderment” and warned that reading the work may result in “a verdict of ‘determination of nonsense to the brain’”. It is well possible that the story’s protagonist, Anodos, would understand the critics’ predicament: on his twenty-first birthday, a fairy manifests herself to him and promises to show him Fairy Land, where he will be able to sate his longing for a fuller life. Having been ushered into Fairy Land, however, Anodos finds himself curiously torn between belief and disbelief, both rapturing over the “chronic condition of wonder” that Fairy Land fills him with as well as worrying that it may all be a “wandering dream of a diseased imagination”. This, then, is a fairy tale hero that excels in introspection and self-doubt rather than through valiant deeds. Anodos oscillates wildly in his perception of the world: in literally the blink of an eye, Fairy Land shifts from an enchanted landscape, imbued with mystical qualities, to a barren landscape, devoid of any higher meaning, and vice versa. This paper aims to call attention to this instability of vision, and argues that it constitutes one of the key aesthetic features of the text. It is suggested that Phantastes may be read as an attempt at imagining a re-enchanted world, an undertaking that is far from harmonious, as made evident by Anodos’ repeated lapses into dejection and materialism. This discussion will use Charles Taylor’s work on secularism and the modern subject, as presented in Sources of the Self (1989) and The Secular Age (2007), as its point of departure. The disenchantment of the (Western) world, Taylor argues, is intimately linked to the emergence of a new understanding of human selfhood. Discarding an older, magical worldview, we have come to conceive ourselves as “bounded”, “inward spaces”, attributing meaning to internal psychological processes rather than to anything existing in the external world. Any attempt at “re-enchanting” the world, Taylor maintains, will have to proceed from this modern understanding of subjecthood. But of course, accepting the notion that meaning only resides “in the head” creates a fertile breeding ground for relativism and radical doubt. In attempting to apply Taylor’s terminology to a discussion of Phantastes, this paper hopes to account for what could be perceived as a seeming incoherence of the text.

National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-65795 (URN)
Conference
"Det moderna som parentes: Litteraturvetenskapens nya utmaningar", Linköpings universitet, Linköping, Sweden, April 11-13, 2018
Available from: 2018-03-14 Created: 2018-03-14 Last updated: 2018-03-20Bibliographically approved
Klingberg, P. (2018). På imperiets skuggsida. In: Mattias Hessérus, Peter Luthersson (Ed.), Nation, stat, imperium: 17 försök (pp. 43-49). Axess Publishing AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>På imperiets skuggsida
2018 (Swedish)In: Nation, stat, imperium: 17 försök / [ed] Mattias Hessérus, Peter Luthersson, Axess Publishing AB , 2018, p. 43-49Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Axess Publishing AB, 2018
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-67190 (URN)9789188717023 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-06-07 Created: 2018-06-07 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Klingberg, P. (2018). Uncanny universalism: Gothic imagery in George MacDonald’s Lilith (1895). In: : . Paper presented at Gothich Hybridities: 14th conference of the International Gothic Association (IGA 2018), Manchester, UK, July 31 - August 3, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Uncanny universalism: Gothic imagery in George MacDonald’s Lilith (1895)
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

As scholars studying George MacDonald (1824–1905) have paid an increasing amount of attention to genre questions, a discussion of the author’s relation to Gothic literature has emerged. MacDonald is often held to be an author who does not properly belong to the Gothic tradition: although prone to employ its motifs and themes in his work, this is frequently understood as a means to further a benign worldview, ultimately at odds with the bleakness and despair often understood to be characteristic of the genre (cf. Scott McLaren, 2006, Susan Ang, 2008). This paper seeks to problematize this notion in a discussion of MacDonald’s late text Lilith (1895). MacDonald’s son Greville has suggested that Lilith was partly written as a reproach to “increasingly easy tendencies in universalists”, who, believing in universal Salvation, had ceased to seriously consider the need for repentance. The protagonist mister Vane stumbles into an alternative reality, possibly a purgatory of sorts, and learns just how dearly redemption is bought. This is a remarkably uncanny universalism, expressed in imagery familiar from the fin de siècle Gothic. Bearing in mind Nicholas Royle’s definition of the uncanny as that which “is destined to elude mastery, […] what cannot be pinned down or controlled”, however, this paper examines the possibility that the uncanny motifs do not merely serve to convey or to contain a benign message, but also undermines any assurances given to us by the text, thus creating an ambiguous and deeply unsettling text. A universal uncanniness, as it were.

National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-65794 (URN)
Conference
Gothich Hybridities: 14th conference of the International Gothic Association (IGA 2018), Manchester, UK, July 31 - August 3, 2018
Available from: 2018-03-14 Created: 2018-03-14 Last updated: 2018-03-20Bibliographically approved
Klingberg, P. (2017). Att bekämpa det inre Ryssland – om liberalism, nationalism och föreställda gemenskaper i G.H. Mellins Sweriges sista strid (1840). In: : . Paper presented at Nationell doktorandkurs "Mellan romantik och modernt genombrott: Romanens tid", Umeå universitet, Umeå, Sweden, January 12-13, 2017.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Att bekämpa det inre Ryssland – om liberalism, nationalism och föreställda gemenskaper i G.H. Mellins Sweriges sista strid (1840)
2017 (Swedish)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-65787 (URN)
Conference
Nationell doktorandkurs "Mellan romantik och modernt genombrott: Romanens tid", Umeå universitet, Umeå, Sweden, January 12-13, 2017
Available from: 2018-03-14 Created: 2018-03-14 Last updated: 2018-03-20Bibliographically approved
Klingberg, P. (2017). En författare träder fram. Historiskan (2)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>En författare träder fram
2017 (Swedish)In: Historiskan, ISSN 2002-150X, no 2Article in journal, News item (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Historiskan, 2017
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-65754 (URN)
Note

Essä om Sara Coleridges författarskap

Available from: 2018-03-14 Created: 2018-03-14 Last updated: 2018-03-22Bibliographically approved
Klingberg, P. (2017). Fairy Land as a (Not So) Safe Space: Piety and Despair in George MacDonald's Phantastes. In: : . Paper presented at 38th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA), Orlando, Florida, USA, March 22-26, 2017.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Fairy Land as a (Not So) Safe Space: Piety and Despair in George MacDonald's Phantastes
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-65786 (URN)
Conference
38th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA), Orlando, Florida, USA, March 22-26, 2017
Available from: 2018-03-14 Created: 2018-03-14 Last updated: 2018-03-20Bibliographically approved
Klingberg, P. (2017). Svenska skräcken har rötter i 1600-talet. Svenska Dagbladet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Svenska skräcken har rötter i 1600-talet
2017 (Swedish)In: Svenska Dagbladet, ISSN 1101-2412Article in journal, News item (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Hb Svenska dagbladets AB & Co, 2017
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-65750 (URN)
Note

Understreckare om Mattias Fyhrs "Svensk skräcklitteratur I"

Available from: 2018-03-14 Created: 2018-03-14 Last updated: 2018-03-22Bibliographically approved
Klingberg, P. (2017). Så blev en kuriös parentes fantasygenrens stora pionjär. Svenska Dagbladet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Så blev en kuriös parentes fantasygenrens stora pionjär
2017 (Swedish)In: Svenska Dagbladet, ISSN 1101-2412Article in journal, News item (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Hb Svenska dagbladets AB & Co, 2017
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-65752 (URN)
Note

Understreckare om George MacDonald i Svenska Dagbladet

Available from: 2018-03-14 Created: 2018-03-14 Last updated: 2018-03-22Bibliographically approved
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