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A “fucked up” novel, narratology, and the Difference approach to literary fiction
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1267-0031
2017 (English)In: Frontiers of Narrative Studies, E-ISSN 2509-4890, Vol. 3, no 2, p. 256-272Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Drömfakulteten (2006) is an experimental novel by the Swedish writer Sara Stridsberg portraying the life of political activist and writer Valerie Solanas. I read Drömfakulteten as a “literary fantasy” where the forms, the themes, and the atmosphere are foregrounded rather than the biography of Solanas, and suggest that it can be viewed as a deliberate work of art filled with affordances for the reader. Central to my analysis is the recurring idea of “fucking up” as a way of disobeying social, political, and literary (narrative) norms. In relation to narratology, I take on the novel with a Difference approach to fiction, guided by notions from Sylvie Patron, Lars-Åke Skalin, and Richard Walsh. In this approach, fiction is seen as functioning differently in a qualitative sense compared to natural narrative. The Difference approach leads to a reading that lies close to the intuitions of reviewers and highlights the strong literary potential of the novel.

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De Gruyter Mouton , 2017. Vol. 3, no 2, p. 256-272
Keywords [en]
affordances, Difference approach, Drömfakulteten, literary fiction, narrativity
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General Literature Studies
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Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-63380DOI: 10.1515/fns-2017-0017OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-63380DiVA, id: diva2:1166221
Available from: 2017-12-14 Created: 2017-12-14 Last updated: 2018-04-11Bibliographically approved

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