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Skönlitteraturen i historievetenskapen: några metodologiska reflektioner [Methodological reflections on fiction in historical research]
Institutionen för historiska studier, Göteborgs universitet, Göteborg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2253-5896
Institutionen för historiska studier, Göteborgs universitet, Göteborg, Sweden.
Institutionen för historiska studier, Göteborgs universitet, Göteborg, Sweden.
2013 (Swedish)In: Historisk Tidskrift (S), ISSN 0345-469X, Vol. 133, no 3, p. 384-410Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

How can novels and short stories be used in historical research? There seems to be three different approaches to the relationship between fiction and so- ciety among Swedish historians today: Fiction as reflection of society, fiction as action that influences society and fiction as dialogue between text and society. The main advantage of using literary sources is that they can contribute to a deeper understanding of social phenomena. This is because novels and short stories are often biased, subjective and fictitious. Although the selec- tion of appropriate novels and short stories for use in historical research raises questions of representativeness, similar methodological problems are part of all historical research. In general, it probably seems more proper to historians to choose realistic fiction that describes the contemporary society of the novelist, but this is not an absolute rule. Historians should not view the research methods employed to analyze fiction as particularly unique. Common historical approaches such as comparisons, argument analysis, discourse analysis of ideas, constructions and representations etc. can be ap- plied to novels and short stories as well as to other types of written sources. In three readings of the same short story, ‘Tvifvel’ by Anne Charlotte Lef- fler, we provide three examples, based on different research interests, of how historians can analyze a fictional text. These examples also demonstrate dif- ferent methodological approaches. One reading takes individual words and their meanings and connotations as a starting point. Another emphasizes dialogue in order to scrutinize the fictional characters’ views and positions. A third reading focuses on key episodes in the story. As these readings show, fiction can be valuable in historical research by complicating, refining, and qualifying our understanding of the past.

Abstract [sv]

I denna uppsats diskuteras metodiska möjligheter och utmaningar med att arbeta med romaner och noveller i historisk forskning. Skönlitterära författare har ofta utforskat sin samtid på ett kreativt och originellt sätt och därför kan fiktionen tillföra den historiska forskningen nya perspektiv och komplicera bilden av det förflutna. Genom tre läsningar av Anne Charlotte Lefflers novell ”Tvifvel” ger uppsatsförfattarna exempel på olika metodiska angreppssätt och visar hur en och samma novell kan befrukta vitt skilda forskningsfält.

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Stockholm: Svenska historiska föreningen , 2013. Vol. 133, no 3, p. 384-410
Keywords [en]
Historical method, Fiction, Source Criticism, Sweden, 19th Century, Anne Charlotte Leffler
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History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-46236ISI: 000336234800005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-46236DiVA, id: diva2:862129
Available from: 2015-10-20 Created: 2015-10-20 Last updated: 2018-03-08Bibliographically approved

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